Julia Ormond will play Lara in <em>Man of Steel</em> Director Zack Snyder has found the last major piece of his Man of Steel cast, with Julia Ormond in talks to play Lara, the mother of Kal-El.

We reported last week that Russell Crowe has joined the cast as Jor-El, the birth father of Clark Kent (Henry Cavill). Our report indicated that Lara, Clark Kent's birth mother, was the last major role left to be cast in Man of Steel. Julia Ormond's deal is expected to close quickly.

Zack Snyder is directing Man of Steel from a screenplay by David S. Goyer, which was developed by Christopher Nolan.

Man of Steel will start shooting sometime next month.