By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety.
It looks like Lex Luthor finds a way off that island after all. Though Superman Returns left the villain out of options, Warner Bros. has confirmed that Spacey will return for the sequel, Superman: Man of Steel.
Kevin Spacey for Superman: Man of Steel
Spacey met with Bryan Singer in New York while appearing on Broadway in Eugene O'Neill's recently wrapped Moon for the Misbegotten. Singer is gathering his cast now, as he plans to start production immediately after he wraps both Valkyrie and The Mayor of Castro Street. When will that be? Well, not exactly tomorrow, but early enough in 2008 so Singer can get Superman: Man of Steel in theaters by 2009.
Spacey hopes to shoot his Luthor role in a six-week block, just as he did for Superman Returns.
Spacey has also been picked up to star in Telstar, Nick Moran's film version of Moran and James Hicks' 2005 darkly comic West End play about flamboyant '60s record mogul Joe Meek. Meek is the gay, tone deaf songwriter-producer who produced hits including "Have I the Right," "Just Like Eddie," "Johnny, Remember Me" and the instrumental "Telstar."
"It's exciting to be part of my first British ensemble film," Spacey said.
Though theater is his number one priority, Spacey has already had to correct rumors claiming that he was retiring from film.
On Tuesday, Spacey told Daily Variety, "In no way did I use the word retirement. Someone else pulled that out of thin air. It's false, there's not a lick of truth to it."