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Laurence Fishburne Cast in Man of Steel as Perry White

Laurence Fishburne has joined the cast of Zach Snyder‘s Man of Steel, playing the role of Superman/Clark Kent’s boss at The Daily Planet, Perry White. This marks a first for the Superman series since so far, only white actors have played that role (including Frank Langella, Jackie Cooper, and Michael McKean on Smallville). That’s pretty exciting news, considering that we just found out Spider-Man was also going to be non-white. We like this. Progress is good.

Fishburne, who is no stranger to the sci-fi/fantasy genre after playing Morpheus in The Matrix, has made history before when it comes to being the first black actor to take a traditionally white role. Even if that role was traditionally written as non-white. Weirdly enough, he was the first African-American actor to play the role of Othello — a Moor — in a feature film being produced by a major studio. (Previous film productions had Orson Welles and Lawrence Olivier in the role, if you can even believe that, until a smaller production cast opera singer Willard White. But that was not what you’d call a “major motion picture.”) So the casting of Fishburne adds a very heavy hitter to an already star-studded cast.

Most recently, Fishburne left his role on CSI, something I bring up because another actor who just left a network procedural is also set to be in Man of Steel, though in an unknown role: that would be Law & Order: SVU‘s Christopher Meloni.

Man of Steel is currently in production and is expected to be released in June 2013.

(Hollywood Reporter via SciFi Mafia)

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  • John Wao

    Great Caesar’s Ghost! I like Fishburne. He’ll be great.

    Should been nominated for an Oscar for the Matrix. Just saying.

  • Frodo Baggins

    So wait. The first black guy to play Othello was named White? Now THAT is irony.

    Anyway, yay Larry!

  • Bill Hedrick

    Fishburne is a great actor, whether he can pull off the bluster of Perry White, I dunno. Also wondering if this isn’t stunt casting.

  • Indigo C

    Billy Dee Williams was cast as Harvey Dent in the first Burton Batman and nobody batted an eye (pun intended).   So why, 22 years later, is it such reason for omgfreakoutage when a person of color is cast?  

  • Erica Chanel

    he did the voice of the silver surfer in the fantastic 4

  • Neville Ross

    Two-Face/Harvey Dent, minor character in movie (although he would have been used in a sequel.)

    Perry White, major character that everybody besides comic book fans knows-that’s why it’s a big deal.