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Brendan Fraser out of Superman race. Unknown Matthew Bomer is also out of contention, which means producers are starting from scratch

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Looks like ''Superman'''s producers are ready to start over -- yet again. Brendan Fraser and soap-opera actor Matthew Bomer are both out of the seemingly neverending Super-casting race, according to the Hollywood Reporter. That development, along with first choice Josh Hartnett's rejection of the role, apparently leaves the filmmakers without any major contenders for the part of Superman.

 

At the same time, director Brett Ratner's option expired on Saturday, and producers are still deciding whether to keep him on, according to the Reporter. Should Warner Bros. boot Ratner, he'll hardly be the first big-name director to unsuccessfully tackle the dormant franchise. Tim Burton, McG, and Wolfgang Petersen have all been attached to the project without ever shooting a frame of film.

Originally posted Mar 18, 2003