Kevin Spacey will be back and bald for the "Superman Returns" sequel "Superman: Man of Steel."
That isn't actually surprising or particular newsworthy, but the revelation excites Variety, so who are we not to be excited as well?
Apparently "Man of Steel" director Bryan Singer was recently in New York City and met with Spacey, in town starring on "Moon for the Misbegotten" on Broadway. The meeting came shortly before Singer pitched his sequel to Warner Bros. It must have gone well, because Michael Dougherty is currently writing the script.
Singer isn't likely to get to "Man of Steel" before next year, with "Valkyrie" and "The Mayor of Castro Street" expected to go forward first.
Variety suggests that next spring is the likely production start date, which would let Spacey reprise his villainous Lex Luthor role after finishing a stage run in David Mamet's "Speed the Plow."
The trade reports that Spacey is off to work in the ensemble "Telstar," a big screen adaptation of James Hicks' 2005 play. Con O'Neill plays Joe Meek, a flamboyant '60s record mogul. Spacey will play Major Banks, Meek's financier.
So much for recent rumors that Spacey was moving away from film acting to concentrate on his stage producing and acting as artistic director of London's Old Vic Theatre.
The two-time Oscar winner has turns in November's "Fred Claus" and next spring's "21" in the can.
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