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Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 03/17/2011

Aronofsky bows out of ‘Wolverine’; Costner joins ‘Superman’ cast [UPDATED]

Fresh off all the accolades for “Black Swan,” director Darren Aronofsky is dropping out as director of ”Wolverine,” reports Variety.

The Oscar-nominated director says he didn’t want to be out of country for more than a year, saying in a statement released by Fox: “I was not comfortable being away from my family for that length of time. ... I am sad that I won’t be able to see the project through, as it is a terrific script and I was very much looking forward to working with my friend, Hugh Jackman, again.”

The latest “X-Men” spinoff film was scheduled to shoot in disaster-stricken Japan. David Slade had been in the running to direct; just days ago, he was announced as director of the new “Daredevil.”

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Jackman and 20th Century Fox “remain fully committed to making ‘Wolverine’ and will move aggressively to find a new director.”

UPDATE: In yet more Hollywood superhero news, Kevin Costner reportedly has just joined the cast of the new “Superman.”

The Oscar-winning actor/director will play Clark’s adoptive father, Jonathan Kent, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Another vet­eran of Westerns, Glenn Ford, memorably portrayed the role in Richard Donner’s Superman series.

The new “Superman: Man of Steel” will be directed by Zack Snyder (“300,” “Watchmen” and the upcoming “Sucker Punch”) and Henry Cavill (Showtime’s “The Tudors”) will inherit the cape. Diane Lane will play the Man of Steel’s Earth mother,Martha Kent.

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