Principal photography is underway in Sydney, Australia on Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly anticipated film Superman Returns, it was announced today by Jeff Robinov, President of Production, Warner Bros. Pictures. Directed by Bryan Singer (X2: X-Men United, The Usual Suspects), the film stars newcomer Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth (Beyond the Sea, Blue Crush), Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey (Beyond the Sea, American Beauty), James Marsden (X2: X-Men United, The Notebook), Academy Award-winner Eva Marie Saint (North By Northwest), Parker Posey (Blade: Trinity, Best in Show), Kal Penn (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle) and Sam Huntington (Detroit Rock City).
Brandon Routh will play the roles of Clark Kent and the Man of Steel. Kate Bosworth will play Lois Lane; Kevin Spacey will be Superman’s archenemy, Lex Luthor; James Marsden will be Richard White; Eva Marie Saint will be Martha Kent; Parker Posey will be Kitty Kowalski; Kal Penn will play Stanford; and Sam Huntington will play Jimmy Olsen.
Superman Returns is produced by Jon Peters, Bryan Singer and Gilbert Adler from a screenplay by Michael Dougherty & Dan Harris. The executive producer is Chris Lee.
“We are thrilled to have such a stellar cast starring in this exciting and innovative new chapter in the ‘Superman’ legend,” Robinov said. “With Bryan Singer at the helm, we look forward to creating a film that electrifies audiences and deepens the rich mythology that continues to make Superman one of the most popular and intriguing superheroes of all time.”
“Rather than being a remake of the original movie,” Singer explained, “this film explores Superman’s influence on our global culture and the impact of his return to Earth after an absence of several years. It’s my great pleasure to bring this new chapter of the Superman legacy to the screen with this incredible cast.”
Superman Returns is scheduled to shoot in and around Sydney, Australia through mid-August 2005 and will be released by Warner Bros. Pictures on June 30, 2006.