By Jeff Jensen
March 17, 2011 at 12:00 PM EDT
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The man who once found his dead dad in a Midwestern cornfield is about to find himself a son in another. Field of Dreams star Kevin Costner is finalizing a deal to play Clark Kent’s adopted dad Jonathan Kent in director Zack Snyder’s 2012 Superman reboot, said to be titled Superman: Man of Steel. He’ll join Diane Lane, who’s been cast as Martha Kent, and of course Henry Cavill, tapped to play Clark Kent/Superman.

“Jonathan Kent is the only father figure Clark has ever had, the man who was there to help Clark understand what he was meant to do in the world as Superman,” said Snyder in a statement. “Kevin will be able to communicate the quiet strength of this rural American man who raised the greatest super hero of all time.”

Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, and Deborah Snyder are producing the film, and David S. Goyer is penning the screenplay. The movie is slated for release Dec. 2012.

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