Jor-El's a small but important role in Man of Steel, and now it appears it'll be played by Oscar-winner Russell Crowe (2-time Oscar winner Marlon Brando tackled the part in previous Superman films). Variety reports Crowe's in final negotiations to play Superman's dad in the action film to be directed by Zack Snyder from a script by David Goyer (from a story he and Christopher Nolan developed).
Filming's expected to begin later this summer with Warner Bros aiming for a December 2012 release.
Crowe was last seen on the big screen in The Next Three Days and recently completed work on the action film, The Man with the Iron Fists.
(Photo of Russell Crowe by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)