Principal photography is underway in Sydney, Australia on Warner Bros. Pictures' highly anticipated action adventure Superman Returns, it was announced today by Jeff Robinov, President of Production, Warner Bros. Pictures. Directed by Bryan Singer (X2: X-Men United, X-Men, The Usual Suspects), the film stars newcomer Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth (Beyond the Sea, Blue Crush), Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey (Beyond the Sea, American Beauty), James Marsden (X2: X-Men United, The Notebook), Academy Award-winner Eva Marie Saint (North By Northwest), Parker Posey (Blade: Trinity, Best in Show), Kal Penn (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Love Don't Cost a Thing) and Sam Huntington (Detroit Rock City).
Brandon Routh, who has previously made notable guest appearances on such television series as Cold Case and Gilmore Girls, will play the dual roles of Clark Kent and the Man of Steel. Joining Routh are Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane; Kevin Spacey as Superman's archenemy, Lex Luthor; James Marsden as Richard White; Eva Marie Saint as Martha Kent; Parker Posey as Kitty Kowalski; Kal Penn as Stanford; and Sam Huntington as Jimmy Olsen.
A Warner Bros. Pictures presentation of a Peters Entertainment production, in association with Bad Hat Harry Productions, a Bryan Singer film, Superman Returns is produced by Jon Peters, Bryan Singer and Gilbert Adler from a screenplay by Michael Dougherty & Dan Harris. The executive producer is Chris Lee.
"We are thrilled to have such a stellar cast starring in this exciting and innovative new chapter in the Superman legend," Robinov said. "With Bryan Singer at the helm, we look forward to creating a film that electrifies audiences and deepens the rich mythology that continues to make Superman one of the most popular and intriguing superheroes of all time."
"Rather than being a remake of the original movie," Singer explained, "this film explores Superman's influence on our global culture and the impact of his return to Earth after an absence of several years. It's my great pleasure to bring this new chapter of the Superman legacy to the screen with this incredible cast."
Superman Returns is scheduled to shoot in and around Sydney, Australia through mid-August 2005 and will be released by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, on June 30, 2006.