Bryan Cranston says rumors about him playing Lex Luthor in Man of Steel 2 is news to him but he never offers a flat out denial…
Casting rumors are rumors for a reason because until a director, writer or studio announces something as official it remains that—a rumor.
Such is the case with the recent news that Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston had been cast and given the role of Lex Luthor in the upcoming Man of Steel 2 sequel filming in 2014.
Cranston has been a leading candidate for the job (at least online) following his tour de force playing the wicked devil known as Walter White for the past five seasons on AMC’s breakout drama.
The rumor goes that Cranston was cast in the part of Lex Luthor, but the official announcement wouldn’t come from Warner Bros. until the series finale from Breaking Bad airs later this month.
While there’s always a chance that still happens, Cranston is throwing water on the rumors from now (via the Boston Globe) where he denied he’s been cast in the role.
“I’ve heard that too.” Cranston said about the casting rumors for Man of Steel 2 “This is all news to me. I think that maybe my name is bandied about because I’m known to be bald. ‘What bald guy can we get?’ The reality is they can take any actor and shave his head or put a bald cap on him.”
Now reading between the lines, Cranston doesn’t offer up a flat out denial that he’s been cast or wouldn’t take the role if offered, it just appears that for now he’s not playing the part or isn’t allowed to say anything per the studio.
Cranston did say he had some “irons in the fire” for the rest of this year, but with Man of Steel 2 not starting production until 2014 there’s still plenty of time for speculation to run rampant.