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Is One Of These Five Actresses The Next Lois Lane?

Dianna Agron (left), Malin Akerman, Jessica Biel, Rachel McAdams and Kristen Stewart

Following Sunday’s announcement that The Tudors actor Henry Cavill landed the lead in Warner Bros.’ Superman movie, speculation has turned to who will play Lois Lane in director Zack Snyder’s franchise reboot.

Australian entertainment website What’s Playing contends that Cavill edged out his closest competitors, who included Watchmen‘s Matthew Goode and True Blood‘s Joe Manganiello, in no small part because he’s available during the production window. The same requirement of immediate availability — filming is expected to begin in June — will presumably apply to Superman’s love interest, a role last played on the big screen by Kate Bosworth.

However, the site says there are already five young actresses who have read for the role, or have been asked to read. Considering that Warner Bros. and producer Christopher Nolan began auditioning actors to play Superman in November and December, it’s more than likely they’ve met with contenders for the role of Lois. But whether the women What’s Playing names were among them is anyone’s guess. To my mind, two of the actresses seem about right for the job, while two are so ill-suited that it makes me question either the website’s sources or the studio’s judgment. The fifth is … I don’t know. Take a look for yourselves:

Dianna Agron: A rumored candidate to play Gwen Stacy in Sony’s Spider-Man reboot — the role of course went to Emma Stone — the Glee actress appears this month opposite Alex Pettyfer in I Am Number Four. At 24 years old, and portraying a teenager in Fox’s hit series, Agron is probably too young to play the Daily Planet’s star reporter.

Malin Åkerman: The model turned actress played Silk Spectre II in Snyder’s adaptation of Watchmen, but at 32 — four years older than Cavill — What’s Playing asserts there’s “zero chance” of her being Lois. However, Åkerman doesn’t look older than Cavill, so I don’t see why her age would be an issue.

Jessica Biel: The website describes The A-Team and Blade Trinity actress as “one of the leading contenders” for the part, which just baffles me. Biel may be attractive, but I’ve seen cardboard cutouts with more presence.

Rachel McAdams: As Irene Adler in 2009’s Sherlock Holmes, the 32-year-old actress was essentially a Victorian Lois Lane (but with a criminal bent) — headstrong, quick-witted and captivating. What’s more, McAdams was reportedly on the shortlist for The Dark Knight Rises, which means she’s already on Nolan’s radar.

Kristen Stewart: The only actress on the list who makes Biel seem charismatic in comparison, the 20-year-old Twilight star is certainly in high demand. But, wow, would she ever be wrong for this part.

Snyder’s Superman reboot, thought to be called Man of Steel, is written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer and producer Christopher Nolan. Charles Rovan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder also are producing. Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips are executive producers. It’s set for a December 2012 release.


  • Anonymous

    No, no, and no.

    I feel Biel, McAdams, and Stewart are overrated. And hasn’t the audience already seen Biel, McAdams and Ackerman as the (superhero or at least hero’s) love interest in a few movies? Stewart will have to successfully show more than one emotion on screen, which is that possible? I feel Ackerman’s too tall and Agron is too young.

    I still think they should highly consider Olivia Wilde or Mila Kunis for the role as the career obsessed journalist, Lois Lane. If they go with a B-lister actress, maybe Kate Mara from 127 Hours? Olivia Wilde is great for downplaying her beauty as a doctor on House. Plus she is also articulate, and really projects a sense of being intellectual. I can also see Mila Kunis doing the whole outspoken, throwing out journalistic verbal vomit as the career obsessed Lois Lane. And if they are going B-lister, maybe a dyed brunette Kate Mara, or wait Emmy Rossum.

  • Anonymous

    No to all of them, especially Stewart. Waaaaay too young.

  • Shift

    I can’t see any of these woman being Lois Lane.

    Diane Agron looks far to young. Superman would look like a pedophile, and I’m not sure they want Law & Order SVU as guest stars.

    Malin Akerman is too dull in her acting deliveries which worked against her for me in Watchmen. She could physically be Lois in my mind, but not in terms of her acting ability.

    Jessica Biel, is a attractive for the role and she can be decent at line deliever, but she’s no matter what role she does, I always feel she’s kinda bland and too “girl next door”. I could see her being really good for Lana Lang, but not Lois.

    Rachel McAdams is a great actress and if she were the only choice, I’d prefer her for Lois. But in truth, even she isn’t strong enough for role. She’s too gorgeous sweetheart in everything I’ve seen her in, and I kinda see Lois being not so… perfect.

    Kristen Stewart is boring and a terrible actress who would put the audience to sleep.

    I’d honesty prefer they get a new actress for Lois. Someone most of us have never heard of, because really that does often work well in many cases. I’d personally want someone along the lines of the actress who plays Lois on Smallville. She’s attractive, but not super-model levels. She also has a strong aggressive delivery and bitting wit, which I always picture my Lois Lanes having. It was something that the girl from Superman Return REALLY lacked.

  • Michael P

    McAdams could do it. She’d certainly be a better choice than Kate Bosworth. (I’m still waiting for an explanation for that one.)

  • Lando

    McAdams or Arkerman….but frankly none of these choices seems good for the part.

    Especially Stewart, high demand? good lord.

  • JTMaxwell

    McAdams could pull it off. Agron’s too young. Ackerman’s good with comedy, but oddly stiff with anything else. Stewart’s awful. and Biel just feels…wrong. but McAdams could pull it off.

  • Ericrocksmyworld

    Leighton Meester.

  • filmfan2000

    McAdams would be fantastic.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with the first comment that Emmy Rossum could make a good Lois… she definitely looks the part more than any of the actresses they have listed here. Although if I had to choose one here it would be Rachel McAdams. I do love Diana Agron but idk if she is right for the role. I really don’t see any of these actresses as Lois… but I didn’t see Ledger as Joker and look what Nolan did there. So if Nolan and Snyder feel one of these women is right for the role then I will trust them until it absolutely sucks

  • JMC

    Only one actress should play Lois Lane – Zooey Deschanel. She has the charisma, the quirkiness, and the charm needed to play Lois Lane. She’s the only one outside of Margot Kidder who seems born for the role.

    Kristen Stewart – cheer up emo girl.
    Jessica Biel – too generic
    Malin Akerman – too generic
    Rachel McAdams – no, but only because I want her to play Sue Storm in the Fantastic four Reboot!!

    Here’s a question though – “Why does Lois Lane need to be played by a white actress? If not Zooey, open it up to some non-white actors. It worked fine for Lana Lang on Smallville.

  • JMC

    Actually, after seeing Mila Kunis on Book of Eli, I could see her playing the role (if Zooey was unavailable)

  • Jacob

    Lois should be white. Just like how you’d never cast a white person as Steel or Michael Holt (Mister Terrific II).

    Also, McAdams could still play Sue Storm in FF (great choice, btw).

  • SlightlyMad

    I saw Sherlock Holmes on TV last night & think that Rachel McAdams makes a fine feisty heroine.

  • First Circle

    I gotta tell ya I thought Mc Adams was terrible in Sherlock Holmes but it was a weak adaptation anyway.Wasn’t Biel in the running for the JLA movie version of Wonder Woman for some bizarre reason? Maybe I’m wrong on that .I’d rather see Kunis do an ELI 2 featuring her character up front.Basically it will be a huge up front paycheck if they have a great agent for the person who gets this thankless role. I’m convinced that this project is going to tank big time but I live to be surprised.

  • Squashua

    McAdams can do it, but they should just said SCREW IT cast altogether older with Jon Hamm as Superman and age-appropriate Margot Kidder-lookalike Rashida Jones as Lois.