Michael Shannon is to play General Zod in Hollywood's next Superman film, "Man of Steel," Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures said Tuesday.

"Zod is not only one of Superman's most formidable enemies, but one of the most significant because he has insights into Superman that others don't. Michael is a powerful actor who can project both the intelligence and the malice of the character, making him perfect for the role," director Zack Snyder said in a statement.

Henry Cavill is to play Clark Kent/Superman in the film.

The cast also includes Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Diane Lane as Martha Kent and Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent.

Michael Shannon was nominated for a supporting actor Academy Award for his work in "Revolutionary Road."

He was most recently seen in the HBO drama series "Boardwalk Empire."