A couple of interesting casting stories have surfaced this afternoon. Firstly, Deadline reports that Scoot McNairy (Argo) has joined the cast of director Zack Snyder’s now-filming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, though the nature of his role is under wraps. Given that the superhero pic will lead directly into Justice League (which will also be directed by Snyder), plenty of characters are poised to be introduced that will have larger roles later on. It’s possible that McNairy could play a major role in the DC Cinematic Universe, or maybe he just has a key supporting role in the Man of Steel follow-up. I’m selfishly hoping it’s the former, as the actor has become a welcome scene-stealer as of late in pics like Monsters, 12 Years a Slave, and Killing Them Softly. He currently has a lead role on the new AMC drama series Halt and Catch Fire.
Hit the jump for more on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and casting news for director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s next film.
We know that Henry Cavill’s Superman and Ben Affleck’s Batman will be leading Warner Bros.’ Batman v Superman, but the film also includes Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, and other DC characters in addition to actors Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Holly Hunter, Jeremy Irons, and Laurence Fishburne. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters on May 6, 2016.
Additionally, British actor Will Poulter is the second actor to be officially cast in filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu’s thriller The Revenant. Leonardo DiCaprio leads the pic, which revoles around an 1820s frontiersman who is mauled by a bear during a fur trapping expedition, robbed, and left for dead. When he recovers, he sets out to exact revenge on those who betrayed him. Empire reports that We’re the Millers star Poulter is in talks to star opposite DiCaprio, though the nature of his role is unknown. It was also recently rumored that Tom Hardy might be signing on, though confirmation has yet to be received.
Poulter will next be seen in Fox’s YA adaptation The Maze Runner, but The Revenant marks a serious get for the young actor. Iñárritu is coming off the highly buzzed-about Birdman, which opens in theaters October 17th and was shot to look like one continuous take.