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The new Lex Luthor: Jesse Eisenberg takes role as Superman’s biggest foe

The guy who played Mark Zuckerberg in "The Social Network" is now officially Lex Luthor. Jesse Eisenberg will play Superman's greatest foe in the upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman's rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940," director Zach Snyder said in a statement. "What's great about Lex is that he exists beyond the confines of the stereotypical nefarious villain. He's a complicated and sophisticated character whose intellect, wealth and prominence position him as one of the few mortals able to challenge the incredible might of Superman. Having Jesse in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions."

The Hollywood Reported also confirmed that acclaimed actor Jeremy Irons has been cast in the role of Alfred, Bruce Wayne's butler.

"As everyone knows, Alfred is Bruce Wayne's most trusted friend, ally and mentor, a noble guardian and father figure," Mr. Snyder's statement said. "He is an absolutely critical element in the intricate infrastructure that allows Bruce Wayne to transform himself into Batman. It is an honor to have such an amazingly seasoned and gifted actor as Jeremy taking on the important role of the man who mentors and guides the guarded and nearly impervious facade that encapsulates Bruce Wayne."

"Man of Steel" grossed more than $291 million domestically for Warner Bros. in 2013. It's sequel is slated for a May 6, 2016 release.

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