Bryan Cranston has addressed rumours that he is to play Lex Luther in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel.

The Breaking Bad star's name has been linked to the role in the forthcoming superhero blockbuster which will see Henry Cavill's Superman and Ben Affleck's Batman on screen together.

Cranston denied reports that he has signed up to play Superman's nemesis in six movies.

He told "This is all news to me. I think that maybe my name is bandied about because I'm known to be bald. 'What bald guy can we get?'

"The reality is they can take any actor and shave his head or put a bald cap on him."

The actor also laughed off the idea of calling previous Lex Luther Gene Hackman to ask for advice.

He joked: "I can just see how that phone call would go. 'Gene? Hi, this is Bryan Cranston.' 'Who? Bryan Cranston? What do you want? How did you get this number?'"

The Man of Steel sequel, which will be directed by Zack Snyder, will open in cinemas on July 17, 2015.