Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel just added some more Oscar-caliber talent to its cast in the form of Holly Hunter, Warner Bros. confirms. Also joining the cast are Callan Mulvey and Tao Okamoto. All three will play characters “newly created for the film.”
Hunter won a Best Actress Academy Award for her performance in the 1993 film The Piano, though she’s also a three-time Oscar nominee for her contributions to Broadcast News, The Firm, and Thirteen, and a two-time Emmy winner. Mulvey has some background with Snyder, having worked with him on the recently released 300: Rise of an Empire. He’s also got a role in the soon-to-be-released Captain America: The Winter Soldier, in which he plays SHIELD agent Jack Rollins. Okamoto is also a veteran of the recent comic book movie surge, having made her Hollywood debut as Mariko in The Wolverine.
“Holly has always been one of my favorite actresses; she has immense talent and is always captivating on screen. I had an opportunity to meet her a while back and knew instantly that I had to work with her, so as we began writing the script I made sure to create a role specifically for her,” Snyder said in a prepared statement.
The newly confirmed trio joins an already-strong cast of Hollywood veterans that includes Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, and Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth. Returning from the original Man of Steel are stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane. Chris Terrio is working on a script based on a screenplay by David S. Goyer.
The Man of Steel sequel – whatever its title ends up being – is due to arrive on May 6, 2016.