Christopher Meloni will be playing a “major role” in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. What role will he be playing? That hasn’t been revealed yet, but speculation has centered around him possibly being cast to play General Sam Lane and not Lex Luthor as was previously considered.

From his discussion with Vulture:

When Vulture caught up with the now ex-Law & Order: SVU star at the Public Theater Gala earlier this week, he told us he’d be instead playing a general in the movie. But when we pressed for more information about the role, he said, “I can’t tell you, or I’d have to kill you.” We did manage to learn that he starts filming at the end of August and he’ll shoot his part over the course of five months in locations including Chicago, Vancouver, and Edwards Air Force Base.

Meloni is best known for his roles in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and in Oz.

The current cast for Man of Steel includes Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Michael Shannon, Antje Traue, Julia Ormond and Russell Crowe. Production will start next month, according to recent reports, and may be in theaters in December 2012.


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