Christopher Meloni Hands in His 'SVU' Badge for 'Superman'

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Director Christopher Nolan packed "Batman Begins" chock full of A-List actors, so it's no surprise that his latest producing project, the Zack Snyder-directed, Superman reboot "Man of Steel," is following suit.

Along with the recently-announced Russell Crowe, the movie sports Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Amy Adams, Julia Ormond, Michael Shannon and Henry Cavill as Superman. Now, according to Hollywood Reporter, the epic superhero film is adding another familiar face: Christopher Meloni.

Meloni starred on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" for 12 seasons before recently hanging it up, but with his inclusion in "Man of Steel," he's showing no signs of slowing. The actor's role in the film is unknown, although the folks at Vulture speculate that Meloni's hinting at a recent theater gala suggest he could be playing "a general." In Superman lore, Lois Lane's father Sam was a top military boss -- could the character play a pivotal role in the film?

While Meloni's stint on "SVU" gives him the clout to play a rough, tough attitude to play an army general, he's also a seasoned comedic, with stints in "Wet Hot American Summer" and TV shows like "Wonder Showzen." Needless to say, don't count Meloni out for roles like the sharp witted Daily Planet editor Perry White or the nefarious mastermind Lex Luthor.

Meloni spilled the beans that he'll film "Man of Steel" towards the end of August, with his parts shooting in Chicago, Vancouver and Edwards Air Force Base. That military general part is starting to make more and more sense...

"Man of Steel" is currently set for release in Dec. 2012.