By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist February 4, 2011 at 3:07AM
Well, here's a bit of an interesting twist. Following the signing on of Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent in Zack Snyder's "Superman," speculation quickly turned to who will play Lois Lane. But word emerges tonight that the hunt is on for a female lead for a character that is not Lois Lane.
Variety reports that Alice Eve, Diane Kruger and Rosamund Pike have emerged as contenders for the role that is not yet being disclosed. If we were to wager a guess -- considering that all three thesps are blondes -- we'd say the part will be that of Cat Grant. A gossip columnist at The Daily Planet, she was a love interest for Clark Kent with a triangle of sorts emerging between Clark, Lois and Cat. But again, this is just a guess -- it could be another character altogether.
As for Lois Lane, the trade reports that Warner Bros. doesn't want a big name that will overshadow Cavill so no surprise then that the early rumors of Kristen Stewart turned out to be false. In fact, most of the names bandied about early on -- Rachel McAdams, Jessica Biel, Olivia Wilde, Mila Kunis -- don't seem likely at this point. Perhaps someone smaller like a Lake Bell? That would be fine with us.
Eve and Pike are no strangers to the tentpole test process as both were named during casting sessions for "Captain America: The First Avenger" and "X-Men: First Class," respectively. Kruger is a bit of a new face to franchise fare, but obviously an accomplished thesp and best known for her role in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds." WB and Snyder are also on the hunt for an unnamed villain, though no names have cropped up (yet).
Production will start this summer, with a December 2012 release planned.