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James Gunn 'blown away' by Superman: Legacy auditions
Photo: © ANP

James Gunn 'blown away' by Superman: Legacy auditions

James Gunn 'blown away' by Superman: Legacy auditions
Photo: © ANP

James Gunn is currently in the process of auditioning actors to play the next Superman, and he says he has been "blown away" by the quality of acting seen so far.

The official synopsis for Superman: Legacy reads:

'Superman: Legacy tells the story of Superman's journey to reconcile his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing as Clark Kent of Smallville, Kansas. He is the embodiment of truth, justice and the American way, guided by human kindness in a world that sees kindness as old-fashioned.'

When it was confirmed that Henry Cavill would not be returning to play Clark Kent, fans started speculating as to who might don the famous blue and red next.,

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actors who recently read for Superman are Nicholas Hoult, David Corenswet and Tom Brittney, while Emma Mackey, Phoebe Dynevor and Rachel Brosnahan have auditioned for Lois Lane.

"Amazing amazing weekend of auditions for Superman: Legacy," Gunn said this week.

"I'm blown away by some of these actors, among the best I've ever seen or worked with."

James Gunn to direct Superman: Legacy

The Guardians of the Galaxy director and Peter Safran were appointed in major roles at Warner Bros. to oversee DC Studios, with a massive shake-up in the vision of the DCEU and other properties under way.

The former will lead DC Studios from a creative standpoint, while Safran will focus on the business side of things.

The biggest decision that Gunn has made so far was to announce that Cavill would not be reprising his role as Superman in any DC projects going forward, despite the character's return in Black Adam.

After being announced as director of the new Superman movie, Gunn wrote on Twitter:

"It's been a long road to this point. I didn’t have a way that felt unique and fun and emotional that gave Superman the dignity he deserved.

"Then a bit less than a year ago I saw a way in, in many ways centring around Superman’s heritage - how both his aristocratic Kryptonian parents and his Kansas farmer parents inform who he is and the choices he makes.

"So I chose to finally take on writing the script. But I was hesitant to direct, despite the constant pestering by Peter Safran and others to commit (sorry, Peter).

"Just because I write something doesn’t mean I feel it in my bones, visually and emotionally, enough to spend over two years directing it, especially not something of this magnitude.

"But, the long and the short of it is, I love this script, and I’m incredibly excited as we begin this journey. #UpUpandAway."

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