Warner Bros. Pictures announced on Jan. 31 that Jesse Eisenberg ("The Social Network") and Jeremy Irons ("The Borgias") have been cast in the upcoming Zack Snyder sequel to "Man of Steel."

According to Deadline, the studio released a press release announcing that Eisenberg will star as Lex Luthor and Irons will play Batman's trusted friend, Alfred.

"Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman's rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940," Snyder said in the press release. "What's great about Lex is that he exists beyond the confines of the stereotypical nefarious villain. He's a complicated and sophisticated character whose intellect, wealth and prominence position him as one of the few mortals able to challenge the incredible might of Superman. Having Jesse in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions."

"As everyone knows, Alfred is Bruce Wayne's most trusted friend, ally and mentor, a noble guardian and father figure," he added. "He is an absolutely critical element in the intricate infrastructure that allows Bruce Wayne to transform himself into Batman. It is an honor to have such an amazingly seasoned and gifted actor as Jeremy taking on the important role of the man who mentors and guides the guarded and nearly impervious façade that encapsulates Bruce Wayne."

The superhero movie also stars Henry Cavill who is reprising his role as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.

Recently, Cavill was spotted in Detroit where production for the movie is currently under way. It was also reported that Affleck was in Michigan too to start filming for the untitled "Batman Vs. Superman" movie. They are expected to remain in Detroit for the next 10 months.

After a slight delay in the film's release date, "Man of Steel 2" will hit theaters on May 6, 2016.