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Viggo Mortensen Wanted To Play General Zod In Zack Snyder's Superman?

Back in October, when it was announced that Zack Snyder would be the guy to direct the Christopher Nolan-produced Superman reboot, a rumor emerged saying that General Zod, who was played by Terence Stamp in the early days of the franchise, would be the new film's principal villain. Snyder, however, was quick to shut the story down, saying that it was just a rumor. Since then there has been tons of speculation about who the villain would be, and now it seems as though we've come back to the beginning.

THR is reporting from unnamed sources that Viggo Mortensen is wanted by Snyder and Nolan to play General Zod in the new Man of Steel film. The actor is currently in negotiations to star in Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman with Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron, but should things fall through he could be the new bad guy for Supes. The report says that, much like the case with Kevin Costner and the role of Jonathan Kent, there are other actors being looked at for the part, but Mortensen is their top choice.

While I know a lot of people won't like to hear that General Zod is the villain of the new Superman movie and would prefer Brainiac or Doomsday, Mortensen could be an interesting bit of casting. Thanks to playing Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings films he's typically perceived as a hero character and it would be interesting to see what he could do with a truly malicious character.

Eric Eisenberg
Eric Eisenberg

NJ native who calls LA home; lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran; endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.