February 2nd, 2011
According to a source close to Zack Snyder, director of the upcoming "Superman: Man of Steel," K.Stew recently met with the filmmaker and his wife, Deborah - who's a producer on the film with Christopher ("Inception") Nolan - to discuss her taking the role of Lane.
The meeting could not have lasted long. The source says Stewart "ultimately passed" on being cast as the intrepid Daily Planet reporter who works alongside Clark Kent and becomes Superman's love interest. Our source, who works with Snyder, says the director did not offer Stewart the role, but had "definite" interest in her playing the quick-thinking brunette.
Stewart, however, had specific reasons for turning down the part. The source says the intense-eyed actress...was "caught off guard" by the success of that film franchise and wasn't ready to leap into a similar situation just yet. Instead, the source said, Stewart professed an interest in "smaller, independent films." (Stewart's spokeswoman said only that she "did not read for the part" and declined to elaborate.)
Legitimate reasons, perhaps, but our source says Snyder was left feeling "slighted" by Stewart and that the awkward beauty had "wasted his time."
Warner Bros. did not get back to us with a comment by deadline. Another insider close to the actress says she hasn't ruled out the title role in director Rupert Sanders' "Snow White and the Huntsman," which is to begin filming this summer. Production for "Superman" is also to begin in Vancouver this summer - which could have meant a potential conflict for Stewart, had she wanted both roles.
Stewart is a name that Universal kept coming back to since acquiring the project. Still, it went through a series of screen tests with actresses such as Riley Keough, Felicity Jones and Alicia Vikander. As The Hollywood Reporter previously reported, Stewart was still being courted as late as last week, and Universal finally made an offer over the weekend. Commercial helmer Rupert Sanders is making his directorial debut on the pic, which amps up the action quotient from the fairy tale and plays up the relationship between White and the Huntsman. In the new scenario, when she is banished and on the run by the evil queen (Theron), the Huntsman (Mortensen) takes her under his wing to protect her, and she becomes his protege, learning how to fight and defend herself. Stewart is repped by Gersh.