Actor Christopher Meloni is trading a badge for a general ranking. Just a few weeks after Meloni said goodbye to "Law & Order: SVU" by exiting his long-running role as Detective Elliot Stabler, Deadline reported that he was the latest to board Zack Snyder's Man of Steel. It started out as an "unspecified" role but once speculation created a firestorm of fan activity, suggesting he could become Lex Luthor, the actor cleared the air by telling NY Mag's Vulture column that he was set to become a general.
"When Vulture caught up with the now ex–Law & Order: SVU star at the Public Theater Gala earlier this week, he told us he'd be instead playing a general in the movie. But when we pressed for more information about the role, he said, "I can't tell you, or I'd have to kill you." We did manage to learn that he starts filming at the end of August and he'll shoot his part over the course of five months in locations including Chicago, Vancouver, and Edwards Air Force Base."
With Russell Crowe and Julia Ormond both still in discussions to become Superman's Kryptonian parents, Jor-El and Lara, Meloni is the latest confirmed casting to board the production behind the previously-set stars Henry Cavill (Superman), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), Kevin Costner (Jonathan Kent), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Michael Shannon (General Zod) and Antje Traue (Faora).
With a release set for December 2012, director Zack Snyder is expected to begin production shortly, based on a screenplay by David Goyer and Jonathan Nolan. Batman franchise rebooter Christopher Nolan is overseeing the development as a producer.
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