HOLLYWOOD — He still hasn't found his Man of Steel, but director Brett Ratner has plenty of people in mind for supporting roles in "Superman."
Wearing a dark suit and a wide smile at a General Motors charity event Tuesday, Ratner revealed that he's offered roles to Anthony Hopkins ("The Silence of the Lambs"), Ralph Fiennes ("Maid in Manhattan") and Christopher Walken ("Catch Me If You Can").
"I want [Walken] to play Parry White," he said, referring to the editor of the fictitious Daily Planet newspaper where Superman works as Clark Kent. "He said he'd be interested."
Ratner directed Hopkins and Fiennes in last year's "Red Dragon," and he's reserving a suitably villainous role for his onetime Hannibal Lecter — that of Lex Luthor. He said he hopes Fiennes will come aboard as Superman's Kryptonian father, Jor-El.
"There are a lot of great actors that I've approached," he said optimistically. "But unless I get the Man of Steel, it's gonna be hard."
And the search for Superman continues. Several actors have performed screen tests for the movie's title role, including Ashton Kutcher ("That '70s Show") and Josh Hartnett ("Pearl Harbor"), who was offered the job but declined (see "Ashton Kutcher, Josh Hartnett Considered For 'Superman' ").
Paul Walker ("The Fast and the Furious") tested but pulled out of the running. Brendan Fraser ("The Mummy") and soap opera star Matthew Bomer have also been mentioned as possible stars (see "Halle Will Play Catwoman, But Will Brendan Be Superman?").
Ratner's Superman flick, which he hopes will jumpstart a new trilogy based on the iconic hero, will be the first Superman film since 1987's "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace." Ratner is working with a script penned by "Alias" creator J.J. Abrams, passed to him when director McG left the project to helm a second "Charlie's Angels" (see "Blood Oath Brings Charlie's Angels Together For 'Intense' Sequel").