Amy Adams and Henry Cavill
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03/28/2011 AT 09:45 AM EDT
Superman finally has his Lois Lane.
After a long search
, Zack Snyder, director of Hollywood's upcoming Superman
reboot, handed the part of Lois Lane to Amy Adams
on Sunday, the Los Angeles Times
The three-time Oscar nominee, 36, will star opposite Henry Cavill
, 27, who plays the Man of Steel.
"There was a big, giant search for Lois," Snyder tells the paper. "We did a lot of auditioning, but we had this meeting with Amy Adams, and after that I just felt she was perfect for it."
Snyder added that the Clark Kent-Superman character must have post-millennial appeal for the new franchise to work – and the same goes for the Lois Lane character.
"What's important to us is making him relevant and real and making him empathetic to today's audience so that we understand the decisions he makes," Snyder says. "That applies to Lois as well. She has to be in the same universe as him [in tone and substance]."
A number of A-list Hollywood actresses reportedly were angling for the part. Snyder delivered the good news to Adams – an Oscar nominee for Junebug
and The Fighter
– by phone on Sunday from Paris, where he was promoting his new film Sucker Punch
The upcoming Superman: Man of Steel
is expected to hit theaters in December 2012.