London: Actor Russell Crowe is likely to play Jor-El, Superman's biological father, in the upcoming movie 'Man of Steel'.

Crowe's 'Gladiator' co-star Connie Nielsen is also reportedly in negotiation to play his wife Lara in the movie, reported a website.

If Crowe signs on, he'll join Amy Adams, Diane Lane and Kevin Costner in the movie to be directed by Zack Snyder.

In the 1978 original, late screen legend Marlon Brando had played Jor-El that also starred late Christopher Reeve.