According to The Hollywood Reporter, Frank Langella has stepped into the role of Perry White in Bryan Singer's Superman Returns for Warner Bros. Pictures.

Hugh Laurie originally was cast in the role but bowed out because of a scheduling conflict with his TV series, "House." The series, on which Singer is executive producer, has proved a surprise hit and was just picked up for a second season. Laurie had not yet shot any scenes on the movie, which began production March 21st in Australia.

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In the Superman canon, White is the editor of the Daily Planet, the newspaper where Superman's alter ego, Clark Kent, works as a journalist. In Singer's version, White has a son named Richard, played by James Marsden, who is Lois Lane's love interest.