Actor Laurence Fishburne, known throughout his 40-plus years film and TV career for taking on groundbreaking roles, will be adding a new line to his extensive resume. He will be the first African American to take on the iconic role of Perry White, Editor-in-Chief of the Metropolis Daily Planet.
Fishburne has signed on to portray White for the new “Superman: Man of Steel” film currently in production. He will join other high profile names such as Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Julia Ormond, Michael Shannon, Amy Adams, and possibly Russell Crowe (who is currently in negotiations). Superman will be played by British actor Henry Cavill (The Tudors). Some of Fishburne’s most memorable roles have been in films and TV shows like “Apocalypse Now,” “The Matrix” trilogy, “Event Horizon,” “Searching for Bobby Fischer” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”
Fishburne will join a long list of great actors who have portrayed the character of Perry White including Pierre Watkins, John Hamilton, Jackie Cooper, Lane Smith, Michael McKean and Frank Langella, just to name a few. There have also been countless voice actors doing White for decades in the myriad of animated Superman productions, including greats like Ed Asner.
Directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas, “Superman: Man of Steel” is set for theatrical release June 14, 2013.
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