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The search has begun for a new Man of Steel, with Warner Bros. willing to cast an unknown or a television actor for the reboot of its Superman franchise.
Deadline reports that the studio, producer Christopher Nolan and director Zack Snyder are expected to look at hundreds of young actors, ranging in age from 28 to 32, before settling on the Last Son of Krypton.
As the website notes, Superman adaptations have a history of turning to “discoveries” and lesser-known actors, dating back to George Reeves in Adventures of Superman. Christopher Reeve was a stage actor with only a few TV credits when he was cast in Superman: The Movie, while Brandon Routh had a handful of minor TV roles before landing Superman Returns.
Deadline goes on to rattle off the names of some of the actors who have recently been the subjects of Superman speculation: The Social Network‘s Armie Hammer, True Blood‘s Joe Manganiello, The Vampire Diaries‘ Ian Somerhalder and, yes, Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm. Of those, Somerhalder is probably too short — he’s listed at 5’9 1/2″, which probably means 5’9″ — and Hamm, at 39, too old.
The Superman reboot, thought to be called Man of Steel, is written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer and Nolan. Filming is expected to begin in June for a holiday 2012 release.