“Superman” is taking flight with Diane Lane signed to play Martha Kent opposite Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel.
Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures made the announcement Wednesday night. Studio’s aiming to get into production this summer.
The Martha Kent character, also known as Ma Kent, is the adoptive mother of Superman in the Superman origin story in which she and husband Jonathan come across the rocket carrying the infant Kal-El and rename him Clark Kent.
“This was a very important piece of casting for me because Martha Kent is the woman whose values helped shape the man we know as Superman,” said director Zack Snyder. “We are thrilled to have Diane in the role because she can convey the wisdom and the wonder of a woman whose son has powers beyond her imagination.”
Lane’s casting comes a month after Warner and Legendary Pictures made the announcement that Cavill had been tapped as the lead and that the reboot of the tentpole franchise would hit theaters in December 2012.
Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Legendary topper Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips exec producing.
Plot details remain under wraps. Screenplay’s being penned by David S. Goyer, based on a story by Goyer and Nolan.
Alice Eve, Diane Kruger and Rosamund Pike are among the thesps that have been under consideration for the female lead — whose identity hasn’t been disclosed, other than it not being the Lois Lane role.
Legendary teamed with Warner Bros. on the last iteration of The Man of Steel, the Brandon Routh starrer “Superman Returns,” which grossed $391 million in 2006.
By getting the Superman reboot into theaters for holiday 2012, Warners will have a pair of powerhouse entries, as Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit Part One” is due for release at the same time.
Lane recently starred in “Secretariat” and will be seen next in the HBO feature “Cinema Verite,” opposite Tim Robbins and James Gandolfini. Lane’s credits include “Unfaithful,” “Nights in Rodanthe,” “Hollywoodland,” “Must Love Dogs,” “Under the Tuscan Sun,” “Perfect Storm” and “My Dog Skip.”