Amy Adams has been cast as Lois Lane in Zack Snyder‘s Superman: Man of Steel. The role in the 2012 Superman reboot has been the subject of many auditions and much conjecture. As far back as February, reports named Kristen Stewart, Rachel McAdams, Jessica Biel, Dianna Agron, Malin Akerman, Olivia Wilde, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kristen Bell, Lake Bell, and Lindsay Lohan as possible actresses auditioning, pursuing, or wanting the coveted fictional journalist role. In the end it went to three time Oscar nominee Amy Adams.
The 36-year-old star got the news on Sunday from director Zack Snyder, who phoned her from Paris, where he was promoting his just-opened film, “Sucker Punch.” There had been a crush of Hollywood interest in the lead female role in the Warner Bros. project but Snyder said that after meeting with Adams, she was the clear choice to take on a character that dates back to 1938 and has long represented the strong, professional woman who can hold her own against any man – even if he can leap tall buildings in a single bound.
“There was a big, giant search for Lois,” Snyder said. “For us it was a big thing and obviously a really important role. We did a lot of auditioning but we had this meeting with Amy Adams and after that I just felt she was perfect for it.”
Adams made her cinematic debut with 1999’s Drop Dead Gorgeous, but it was 2005’s Junebug that really caught the public’s attention. Her turn as the chatty, naive wife to Benjamin McKenzie won over critics and earned her her first Oscar nod. Since then, appeared in a wide variety of films — some of her most notable films include Talladega Nights, Enchanted, Doubt (Oscar nomination #2), and last year’s The Fighter (Oscar nomination #3). She will next be seen in The Muppets as Jason Segel’s girlfriend, and On the Road as Viggo Mortensen’s wife.
Amy Adams joins the Superman: Man of Steel cast that already includes Henry Cavill, Kevin Costner, and Diane Keaton. I think this is an inspired casting decision, especially after seeing her performance in The Fighter. Henry Cavill has a serious supporting cast for his potential star-making role.
Amy Adams, Vanity Fair, November 2008