The Hollywood Reporter says that Russell Crowe will be a guest of honor at the 59th edition of the Taormina Film Festival, part of an opening-night extravaganza that will feature the Italian premiere of Zack Snyder’s interpretation of the Superman franchise, Man of Steel.
The June 15 screening of the $225 million blockbuster will be part of a wider European launch for the film, which will have gone into wide release in the U.S. and a handful of other territories only in the previous two days. The screening will take place in Taormina’s signature Teatro Antico venue, a 2,400-year-old amphitheater, which is transformed into a cinema each year for the festival .
Snyder will join Crowe in Taormina, along with Henry Cavill, who plays Superman and Clark Kent in the film, Amy Adams, who plays Lois Lane, and Antje Traue, who plays the role of Faora, a villain.
Crowe, who won an Oscar for the lead role in Gladiator from 2000 and has two other Oscar nominations to his credit, plays Jor-El, Superman’s father.