Russell Crowe Eyes 'Superman' Movie

Russell Crowe Next Three Days Premiere 2011
<p> NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 09:&nbsp; Russell Crowe attends the premiere of &quot;The Next Three Days&quot; at Ziegfeld Theatre on November 9, 2010 in New York City.</p>   |   Dario Cantatore/Getty Images
The actor is in negotiations to play the Kryptonian father in "Man of Steel."

Russell Crowe is negotiations to play the Kryptonian father of Superman in Man of Steel, the Zack Snyder-directed relaunch of Warners and Legendary’s Superman franchise.

The casting of heavyweight Crowe in the role has a ring of synchronicity to it as it harkens back to the casting of heavyweight Marlon Brando in Warner's 1978 Superman movie.

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Brando was famously paid $3.7 million dollars in the mid-1970s for the part that amounted to 15 minutes of screen timea and two weeks' worth of work. Details of how large the role (a scientist who forsees the destruction of his planet and squires his infant son into an escape rocket bound for Earth) is in Man of Steel are not being revealed.

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Steel already has Kevin Costner playing Jonathan Kent, the human father of Superman, who is being played by Henry Cavill.

Christopher Nolan is producing the movie, which is heading for a late summer or fall start in Vancouver.

Crowe, repped by WME, last starred in The Next Three Days.

Sean Penn and Clive Owen were reportedly considered for the role.