If director Zack Snyder has his way, sexy actress Julia Ormond will be the Kryptonian mom of Superman.

After we reported that director Zack Snyder had picked Russell Crowe to play Jor-El, Ormond, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is his choice to play Lara Lor-Van in the new movie. The star of the upcoming BBC Films' drama, My Week with Marilyn, which also features Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe, was offered a deal on Thursday as soon as the film went into post-production.

Given how much secrecy there is about the plot, written by David S. Goyer, it's not known whether one or both of Superman's parents will stay in contact with the Big Blue Boy Scout, as Marlon Brando's Jor-El does in Richard Donner's 1978 take on the story. If Ormond does decide to sign, which we believe she will, the dark and classically beautiful British actress will join a cast that already includes Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Henry Cavill as Superman, Michael Shannon as villain General Zod, and Amy Adams.

Produced by Christopher Nolan, Man of Steel is expected to start filming this August in Vancouver, and is pegged for a December 2012 release.

[Via THR]