Russell Crowe is reportedly in talks to play the role of Jor-El, the biological father of Clark Kent/Superman, in the upcoming film reboot of the "Superman" franchise, Variety reports.
The Australian actor may take on the role played most famously by Marlon Brando on the silver screen in the 1978 "Superman" movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Brando was paid $16 million at the time for 15 minutes of screen time.
Jor-El is a scientist on the planet Krypton who correctly predicts the destruction of his planet and sends his only son, Kal-El, in a space ship to planet Earth in order to save him. Kal-El grows up to become Clark Kent/Superman and learns lessons from his biological father in the Fortress of Solitude. Variety reports that producers are also looking for an A-list star to play the superhero's biological mother, Lara.
Diane Lane and Kevin Costner have also signed on to play Ma and Pa Kent. "The Dark Knight" director, Christopher Nolan, is also a part of the "Superman" reboot. He and his "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight" writing partner, David S. Goyer, are penning the script for the new film. Nolan is also on board as a producer.
After an expectant mother Tweeted at the Academy Award-winner asking his opinion on the procedure, Crowe launched a series of Tweets against circumcision.
The actor later issued a statement, which was obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com, apologizing his remarks. "I am deeply sorry for the insensitive comments I made on Twitter this morning. Like everyone, I have my own strong opinions, but in attempting to state and argue them through humor, I insulted the traditions and beliefs of others," Crowe said. "That was not my intention, but it is my fault. I have a deep and abiding love for all people and all cultures, and I am deeply sorry for any distress I have caused by my insensitive remarks."