Superman Reboot Targeting Viggo Mortensen For General Zod Role?

General Zod may well be Krypton’s most hated villain, but Terence Stamp’s appearance in “Superman II” as the escaped Phantom Zone convict also turned him into a fan-favorite character. So it’s no surprise that Zack Snyder’s upcoming “Superman” reboot could feature the extraterrestrial criminal as a key villain (as was previously rumored) — and Warner Bros. reportedly to have their eye on Viggo Mortensen for the role.

Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan have tagged the “Lord of the Rings” star as a “person of interest,” according to anonymous sources speaking to The Hollywood Reporter.

The powers-that-be are still looking at other actors, though Mortensen getting the gig would amount to marquee casting for what we can assume to be one of the film’s key roles.

Snyder and Nolan are currently seeing actors for a number of parts. Interestingly, the report notes that the recently cast Kevin Costner isn’t actually cast, instead bearing the same “person of interest” status that Mortensen does. The report also reveals that Costner is up for the role of Superman’s human dad, Jonathan Kent, as some of our commenters suggested last week.

That’s not all for the Nolan/Snyder duo, however. The pair is also said to be still looking at a range of actresses for three female roles. One of which must be Lois Lane, even if she’s not the female lead, right?

Are you glad to hear that Zod is the — or at least one — villain in the Superman reboot? Is Mortensen the right guy for the role? Let us know what you think in the comment section or on Twitter!