After an early bout of casting rumors around Zack Snyder's upcoming "Superman," the cord has quickly been tightened around the film, employing Christopher Nolan levels of secrecy (and no surprise really, given he's overseeing the project). In fact the only real concrete news of late is that Kevin Costner was confirmed as Pa Kent in the film, while Snyder himself revealed Viggo Mortensen won't be in the film (he was rumored for Zod). But this morning comes a fresh bit of potential casting, so get ready to put on your speculation hats on people.
Latino Review is reporting that, according to their sources, Edgar Ramirez -- who firmly staked himself as a major talent with a tour-de-force turn in "Carlos" last year -- is being eyed for a villain role in the film. Even Latino Review admit that the flow of info is so tight around the film, they're not sure if he's up for Zod or somebody else, or even if he's met with the filmmakers or if reps have simply been contacted.
And while we'll have to wait and see this rumor play out, it does make some sense. Firstly, Ramirez is already in the Warner Bros. "family" if you will, currently shooting the "Clash Of The Titans" sequel. Have the producers on "Superman" taken a look at the dailies and liked what they've seen in Ramirez so far? Perhaps. The other thing to consider here is that the actor is likely to be far less expensive than a bigger name like Viggo Mortensen, but will still be bringing an arsenal of talent. He will also add an element of freshness, being a face that most of mainstream moviegoers aren't yet familiar with (though they might recall him from "The Bourne Ultimatum"). As for Ramirez, the role would potentially be a huge boost of his Hollywood career and if "Clash Of The Titans 2" nudges doors open, a role in "Superman" would kick them down.
All that said, consider it a rumor for now, but not one that's outside the realm of possibility. More names will probably surface before the film rolls later this year; it will hit theaters in December 2012.