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Lex flex: Luthor role goes to 'Now You See Me' star Jesse Eisenberg

On a garner for the coveted Lex Luthor portrayal, Jesse Eisenberg is set to appear in 'Batman vs. Superman' come 2016.
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Brilliance has the name Lex Luthor within a certain lexicon associative around Superman. Not to be outdone, Luthor has the brilliance in portrayals in names like five-times Academy Awards nominee Gene Hackman ("Runaway Jury"), Kevin Spacey ("House of Cards"), Jon Shea ("Mutant X") and Michael Rosenbaum ("Smallville").

That's right, the "Adventureland" star has signed on to go super adventure-drama villain. Forbes confirms that after the talks circling a list of Hollywood's heavies like Joaqim Phoenix and Denzel Washington, the thirty-year old actor opposing Henry Cavill's Man of Steel in 2016s "Batman vs. Superman" premise. In truth, on film the hardiness Cavill's "S"-shield prominents on his work-out tailored build will be a sharp opposition to Eisenberg's thin physique. But the New Jersey-hometowner has credited evidence from "The Social Network" to take on a brainy role, which lends endorsement for a high I.Q. part even as epic as Luthor.

Eisenberg made his acting bones on early career features "Rodger Dodger", "The Village" and "The Squid and the Whale". Later, though, it was ive quoted survival tips for a zombie apocalypse platformed cult success and put his name in enough celeb light that eventually led to the bio-drama "The Social Network" scripted by Aaron Sorkin ("The West Wing", "Moneyball"). He later had a voice-credited role in Sorkin's hit pilot season for "The Newsroom" on HBO. On television, he continued with hit-series cameos, appearing on the spotlight ABC comedy "Modern Family".

Eisenberg joins a cast naming Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Lawrence Fishbourne and Diane Lane with the growing ensemble bringing in Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot.


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