Wendell Pierce Cast as Perry White in James Gunn’s ‘Superman’

Wendell Pierce has joined James Gunn‘s “Superman,” Variety can confirm. “The Wire” actor will play Perry White, editor-in-chief of the Daily Planet newspaper that employs Clark Kent (David Corenswet), Lois Lane (Rachel Brosnahan) and Jimmy Olsen (Skyler Gisondo).

Other cast members include Nicholas Hoult as villain Lex Luthor, Anthony Carrigan as Metamorpho, Isabela Merced as Hawkgirl, Nathan Fillion as Guy Gardner, Terence Rosemore as Otis, Sara Sampaio as Eve Teschmacher, María Gabriela de Faría as The Engineer and Edi Gathegi as Mister Terrific.

James Gunn announced this week that Feb. 29 marked the start of filming on the new movie, which will signify the beginning of a rebooted DC Universe under the supervision of him and his DC Studios co-boss Peter Safran.

“Overjoyed to be announcing the start of principal photography on SUPERMAN today, February 29, which just so happens to be – coincidentally and unplanned – Superman’s birthday,” Gunn wrote on Instagram. In the post, he also announced a title change for the flick, dropping “Legacy” from its name.

Gunn posted the first cast photo on Instagram last week following a table read of the script in Atlanta. Warner Bros. is set to release the film on July 11, 2025.

Perry White has previously been played in other “Superman” films by Jackie Cooper, Frank Langella and Laurence Fishburne.

Pierce is represented by Paradigm and Essential Talent. The Juilliard-trained actor currently stars on CBS’ “Elsbeth,” and other recent credits include “Jack Ryan” and “Accused.”

The Hollywood Reporter was first to report Pierce’s casting.

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