Michael Rosenbaum is returning to Smallville after all. TV Line reports that the actor has closed a deal to reprise his role as Lex Luthor in the two-hour series finale:
“I’m delighted to return for the series finale,” Rosenbaum tells TVLine exclusively. “I’m simply doing it for all of the fans out there who made Smallville the great success it is. I appreciate all of their passion, their relentlessness, and even their threats. Ha ha.”
The actor continues, “I can’t wait to hug the old crew back in Vancouver one last time and see all of my old friends once again. Oh, and for Lex to become the bad-ass he’s destined to be.”
Executive producers Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson say of Rosenbaum’s encore, “It feels like the stars are aligning, literally. We couldn’t be more excited. And as far as the way he returns… there’ll be no doubt about how Lex becomes the great rival in Clark Kent’s life. He is the villain of the story.”
Earlier today, EW reported that it was unlikely Rosenbaum would return. Turns out their “source” was wrong. The two-hour series finale of Smallville will air on Friday, May 13 from 8-10PM on The CW.