13:30 08 August 2006
Jude Law is set to play Superman's arch enemy.
The 'Alfie' actor is in talks to appear as the Man of Steel's most hated foe General Zod in the 'Superman Returns' sequel.
The role was made famous by Terence Stamp, who played the character in 1980 movie 'Superman 2' - and producers see a resemblance between the two actors.
A source is quoted by Britain's Daily Express newspaper sa saying: "Zod is going to be the main bad guy. Some say they should use an unknown but the director Bryan Singer is looking at Jude. The similarities between him and Stamp are clear."
The 33-year-old has so far steered clear of superhero movies, fearing would be typecast.
Just two years ago Law turned down the role of Superman.
He said at the time: "My greatest fear is that a role like that would define me. Do I want to be known from here on in as Superman? I'd feel the same way about James Bond. They are iconic characters and there is also pressure in stepping into someone else's tights."
The 'Superman Returns' sequel will see Brandon Routh return as the Man of Steel and Kevin Spacey reprise his role as Lex Luther.
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