Sharon Stone, who starred as the main villain Laurel Hedare in 2004’s Catwoman movie, which was a total critical and commercial failure, was recently set to play Victoria Kord, the lead villain in DC’s upcoming movie Blue Beetle. However, TheWrap now reports that negotiations with Stone weren’t successful, and Susan Sarandon, known for the role of Sister Helen Prejean in 1995’s Dead Man Walking, for which she won an Academy Award, is now set to take over the role.
The first live-action movie featuring Blue Beetle was officially announced and revealed at last year’s DC FanDome event. Cobra Kai star Xolo Maridueña was cast to play Jaime Reyes, also known as the Blue Beetle. In the source material, Jaime Reyes is a young man who found a beetle alien which will give him special armor which turns Reyes into a superhero.
TheWrap reported last month that Basic Instinct and Casino star was set to play Victoria Kord, the original character who will be the movie’s main villain. Not much is known about the character considering that the character was created exclusively for the movie. According to the latest report, Stone isn’t in talks for the role anymore, and the producers found a replacement in Susan Sarandon.
Susan Sarandon is best known for the roles in Atlantic City (1980), Thelma & Louise (1991), Lorenzo’s Oil (1992), and The Client (1994). She was nominated for four Academy Awards for the roles in those movies, and she finally won it for Dead Man Walking (1995).
The Blue Beetle movie was previously set to be released exclusively on HBOMax, but later it was decided that the movie will have a regular theatrical release. Directed by Angel Manuel Soto, Blue Beetle will be released on August 18, 2023.