Add one more name to Zack Snyder's new Superman film, as Christopher Meloni, who recently left NBC's Law & Order: SVU, is in negotiations for a major role in Man Of Steel.

Any hopes of seeing Meloni recapture some of that villainy seen in HBO's Oz should be forgotten, though, since Deadline reports that the actor will play a military general in the upcoming superhero flick. Similar to films like The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel is being kept tightly under wraps. The role comes after twelve seasons playing "Detective Elliot Stabler" on the long-running cop drama.

Last week, it was announced that Julia Ormond was in negotiations to play Superman/Kal-El's Kryptonian mother, Lara. Russell Crowe already has signed on to play Kal-El's father, Jor-El. Meloni told NY Mag that he'll begin work on Man Of Steel at the end of August for a five-month stint.

The film, which is being produced by Christopher Nolan, will star Henry Cavill in the title role, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Jonathan and Martha Kent, and Michael Shannon as General Zod.

[Via Deadline, NY Mag]

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