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Ever since director Zack Snyder announced earlier this year that British thespian Henry Cavill had been chosen to play Superman in next year's big budget reboot "Superman: Man of Steel," the number one question on everyone's lips -- besides "who the heck is Henry Cavill" -- has been "who the heck is going to play Lois Lane?"
Well, now we know the answer, as Snyder has revealed to The Los Angeles Times that Amy Adams has landed the role of The Daily Planet's ace reporter.
Your move, Lex Luthor.
Adams, of course, is on a bit of a career high right now, having just been honored with her third Academy Award nomination for her role in "The Fighter." That helps explain why, for Snyder, there was never really any question who would play Superman's lady love; once he met Adams, it was game over.
"There was a big, giant search for Lois," Snyder said. "For us it was a big thing and obviously a really important role. We did a lot of auditioning but we had this meeting with Amy Adams and after that I just felt she was perfect for it."
The main selling point for Snyder? Adams' reputation for managing to remain contemporary while portraying timeless roles like the Princess in "Enchanted" and Amelia Earhart in "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian."
"It goes back to what I’ve said about Superman and making him really understandable for today. What’s important to us is making him relevant and real and making him empathetic to today’s audience so that we understand the decisions he makes. That applies to Lois as well. She has to be in the same universe as him [in tone and substance]."
Of course, at 36, Adams is nearly a decade older than the 27-year-old Cavill. But then again, what's more modern than that? And with Snyder remaining tight-lipped about the plot, who knows, maybe the age difference is a key part of the plot. (Is the world ready for Superman's new sidekick, The Cougar?)
Whatever the case, we'll have to wait a little while to find out whether Adams and Cavill have the necessary chemistry; "Superman: Man of Steel" isn't scheduled to hit theaters until Christmas 2012.