Who Should Play Lois Lane?

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Jan. 31 2011 1:14 PM

Who Should Play Lois Lane?

After months of speculation in which the name of everystrong-jawed actor from JonHamm to The Social Network 's Armie Hammer was being tossed around Deadline reported yesterday that HenryCavill has been cast as Superman in Man of Steel , Zack Synder'sreboot of the film franchise.

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Along with Christian Bale as Batman and Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man ,Cavill who plays CharlesBrandon, the Duke of Suffolk , on TheTudors becomes the third Brit to be cast as an iconic Americansuperhero in a major Hollywood series. (Never fear, patriots: Captain Americawill be played by Chris Evans, a man whose blood is so red-white-and-blue, hishometown zip code is 01776 .)

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Now, of course, the parlor game is all about Lois Lane. Whoshould play the Boy from Krypton's feisty female?

Bloggers had been pointing to Anne Hathaway, until she was castas Selina Kyle/Catwoman in the upcoming Batman film . Today, ComicBookMovie.comsuggests that MalinAkerman is in the running . As the weakest link in Snyder's appalling Watchmen adaptation, Akerman would notget my vote, but I like the Playlist's nominationof Rebecca Hall , who played Ben Affleck's traumatized bank tellergirlfriend in TheTown . She may have come across as a bit soft in that film and in lastyear's indie drama PleaseGive , but anyone who's seen her stage work knows that she'sgot strength and moxie to spare. I'd also throw out Rachel McAdams , who was entirelybelievable as a young, spitfire reporter in 2009's State of Play .

Racialicious, meanwhile, makesan interesting case for Rashida Jones . I love the idea of a woman of colorplaying Lois Lane, and with roles in TheOffice , Parks and Recreation , and I Love You, Man , Jones has definitely proved that audiences will accept her incross-racial romantic relationship with a white actor. I'm not sold on her for this role,though I've warmed to her performance on Parksand Rec , but I'm not convinced she's a strong enough presence to anchor abig, presumablydark action film. KerryWashington , though? Great Krypton! I'd see that.

 

Photograph of Kerry Washington by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images.

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