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OTRC: Russell Crowe appears as Jor-El, Superman's father, in new photos

Russell Crowe, star of the film 'Robin Hood' that is released on Friday, hopes to play the famous English icon again.

The first images of Russell Crowe in costume as Jor-El, the character he plays in the new "Superman" film, "Man of Steel," have surfaced.

Celebrity photographs, posted on the website of the UK newspaper The Daily Mail, show the 47-year-old actor on set in Vancouver wearing what appears to be a long, dressy robe, a red cape and armor - completed shoulder pads and the famous "S" symbol on his chest. Crowe sports short, floppy hair and a trimmed, silver beard and mustache and smokes a cigarette.

Jor-El is the biological father of Superman. The superhero himself is played by "Tudors" star Henry Cavill in "Man of Steel."

Crowe's costume does not appear not skin-tight like his on-screen superhero son. Crowe had been Tweeting in recent weeks about his exercise habits.

"Bike 14.7 km 4 hours in the tank," the actor said on his Twitter page on Tuesday, October 4.

A day earlier, Crowe Tweeted: "2000m row ,30 mins body movement with weighted objects, 4 hours in the tank."

"Man of Steel" is directed by Zack Snyder and is set to hit theaters on June 14, 2013. It also stars Amy Adams as his alter ego Clark Kent's love interest and co-worker, Lois Lane and Michael Shannon as the villain General Zod.

Kevin Costner and Diane Lane portray Kent's adoptive human parents - Jonathan and Martha, while Julia Ormond plays his birth father and mother, Lara Lor-Van. Former "Law & Order: SVU" actor Christopher Meloni has been cast as Colonel Hardy.

Laurence Fishburne, known for films such as "The Matrix" and for his role on the show "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," plays Perry White, editor-in-chief of The Daily Planet newspaper.

Christopher Nolan, director of the new "Batman" films, including the upcoming "Dark Knight Rises," is also a part of the "Superman" reboot. He and his writing partner, David S. Goyer, have penned the script for "Man of Steel." Nolan is also on board as a producer.

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