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Jesse Eisenberg Cast As Lex Luthor In Batman/Superman Movie

In OnScreen & Music by LimeLife , on Friday, January 31, 2014, 12:10 PM (PST)
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Jeremy Irons Cast As Alfred

Jesse Eisenberg has been cast as Lex Luthor in the upcoming Batman/Superman film. Yes, the nerdy Jewish kid with curly hair from The Social Network is going to play one of the most notorious (and bald) villains of all time.

Director Zack Snyder revealed the shocking casting choice in a press release, explaining how Eisenberg allows for a completely different take on the character.

"What's great about Lex is that he exists beyond the confines of the stereotypical nefarious villain. He's a complicated and sophisticated character whose intellect, wealth, and prominence position him as one of the few mortals able to challenge the incredible might of Superman," Snyder said.

"Having Jesse in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions."

Snyder also announced the role of Alfred, Bruce Wayne's longtime butler, will be filled by English actor Jeremy Irons.

"As everyone knows, Alfred is Bruce Wayne's most trusted friend, ally and mentor, a noble guardian and father figure," Synder said.

"He is an absolutely critical element in the intricate infrastructure that allows Bruce Wayne to transform himself into Batman. It is an honor to have such an amazingly seasoned and gifted actor as Jeremy taking on the important role of the man who mentors and guides the guarded and nearly impervious façade that encapsulates Bruce Wayne."

The upcoming film is DC Comic's answer to Marvel's The Avengers, with Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Godot) and others joining forces to battle evil.

The movie is set to hit theaters in 2016, giving Eisenberg plenty of time to lose all his hair.

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Posted By Bee (210 days ago)
For future reference: Actors of fully Jewish background: -Logan Lerman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mila Kunis, Natalie Portman, Bar Refaeli, James Wolk, Julian Morris, Esti Ginzburg, Kat Dennings, Erin Heatherton, Odeya Rush, Anton Yelchin, Paul Rudd, Scott Mechlowicz, Andrew Garfield, Lizzy Caplan, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gal Gadot, Robert Kazinsky, Melanie Laurent, Marla Sokoloff, Shiri Appleby, Justin Bartha, Adam Brody, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Gabriel Macht. Actors with Jewish mothers and non-Jewish fathers -Jake Gyllenhaal, James Franco, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Radcliffe, Alison Brie, Eva Green, Emmy Rossum, Jennifer Connelly, Eric Dane, Jeremy Jordan. Actors with Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers, who themselves were either raised as Jews and/or identify as Jews: -Ezra Miller, Alexa Davalos, Nat Wolff, James Maslow, Josh Bowman, Ben Foster, Nikki Reed. Actors with one Jewish-born parent and one parent who converted to Judaism -Dianna Agron, Sara Paxton (whose father converted, not her mother), Alicia Silverstone, Jamie-Lynn Sigler.
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