The Angels & Demons actress is to portray Superman's Kryptonian mother Lara Lor-Van in the Warner Bros film, Deadline reports.
Russell Crowe will play her on-screen husband Jor-El, while Kevin Costner and Diane Lane were previously cast as Superman's adoptive parents, the Kents. Zurer is expected to begin filming this week.
Production is already under way on Man of Steel, which stars Henry Cavill as the title character, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, and Michael Shannon as the villainous General Zod.
Zurer will next appear in Lawrence Kasdan's Darling Companion with Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline and Dianne Wiest.
Man of Steel arrives in theatres on June 14, 2013.
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