Nicholas Hoult to Play Lex Luthor in James Gunn’s “Superman: Legacy”

Nicholas Hoult at The Fashion Awards in 2019
Nicholas Hoult at The Fashion Awards in 2019. Photo by David Fisher/Shutterstock (10489772ba)

Nicholas Hoult’s schedule for next year is pretty packed, but he just got an offer he can’t refuse! The Emmy-nominated actor has been tapped by James Gunn to play the main villain Lex Luthor in his upcoming superhero flick Superman: Legacy.

Nicholas Hoult is getting ready to follow in the footsteps of Gene Hackman, Kevin Spacey, and Jesse Eisenberg after being eyed as the front-runner for the Lex Luthor role. His casting is yet to be officially confirmed, and Warner Bros. only kicked off the audition process after the SAG-AFTRA strike came to a close.

Hoult would be joining a stacked cast of Superman: Legacy, which already includes David Corenswet as Superman, Rachel Brosnahan as Lois Lane, Isabela Merced as Hawkgirl, Edi Gathegi as Mister Terrific, Nathan Fillion as Guy Gardner, Anthony Carrigan as Metamorpho, and María Gabriela de Faría as The Engineer.

Despite the lengthy strikes in Hollywood throughout this year, James Gunn recently revealed that Superman: Legacy is still on track for its July 11, 2025 release date.

“Thanks to the efforts of our talented crew, who never lost faith during the longest strikes in Hollywood history, and who never let their foot off the pedal, continuing to barrel forward, creating the most amazing character and set designs I’ve seen in my entire career,” wrote Gunn on the social media platform Threads.