Russell Crowe is in negotiations to play Superman's biological father in Zach Snyder's remake Man Of Steel.
The Gladiator star is considering taking the part of Jor-El, played by Marlon Brando in Richard Donner's 1978 film, Variety reports.
Sean Penn and Clive Owen had apparently previously been pursued for the role.
British star Henry Cavill is set to take the lead in the reboot, with Amy Adams (as Lois Lane), Diane Lane and Kevin Costner also starring in the film.
Production is set to start next month and Jor-El was one of the last parts to cast. Producers are said to still be looking for an actress to play the superhero's biological mother.