The Christ star, as well as Jude Law and Brendan Fraser, make the casting list

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated August 11, 2004 09:10 AM

James Caviezel may have convincingly played Jesus in Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, but now Hollywood is wondering: Could he handle the lead role in director Bryan Singer’s new version of Superman?

Caviezel’s manager, Beverly Dean, tells the Associated Press: “Would he like to do it? He loves Superman. But the truth is there has been no offer, the script isn’t even finished – but absolutely he’d be interested.”

Singer, who directed the X-Men movies, took over the long-troubled “Superman” project last month and is currently fashioning a script so the studio can meet its projected 2006 release date.

As for others in the casting mix, Warner Bros. reportedly is considering Brendan Fraser, Jude Law, Josh Hartnett, former Roswell actor Jason Behr – in fact, just about any actor between 20 and 40 – to don the blue tights and red cape.

“Brendan was always interested in the piece, and at this point, with a new director attached, it’s in the hands of the film gods,” said Fraser’s spokeswoman, Ina Treciokas.

As for the possibility of Matt Damon playing the Man of Steel, which was a popular rumor when Troy director Wolfgang Peterson was developing a now-defunct Superman Vs. Batman project, Damon admitted: “That shocked me completely. I always thought of Superman looking like Christopher Reeve … That’s not me at all.”