Ryan Reynolds has landed the coveted role of “Green Lantern,” getting the starring role in Warner Bros.' live-action film based on the DC Comics hero.
Martin Campbell will direct. The studio is still working on the picture’s budget, but production is expected to begin in January.
The news caps off a memorable summer for Reynolds, who played Deadpool in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” a performance that prompted Fox to begin development on a spinoff film. Reynolds followed that by starring opposite Sandra Bullock in the romantic comedy “The Proposal,” which crossed the $100 million mark this week.
Warners and Campbell chose Reynolds, who vied for the superhero role along with “The Hangover” star Bradley Cooper and Jared Leto. The momentum built for Reynolds in the last week, as he was the only actor whose option was extended.
Greg Berlanti wrote the script with Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green. Donald DeLine will produce with Berlanti. Reynolds’ reps at UTA are working out his deal.
The actor will next star in “Buried,” a dark indie drama that will begin filming shortly in Barcelona with Spanish director Rodrigo Cortes. Reynolds will play a civilian contractor who is kidnapped in Iraq and awakes in a coffin, struggling against time to coordinate a rescue even though he doesn’t know where he’s buried in the desert.
My thoughts: FANTASTIC PICK!!! Ryan Reynolds is absolutely perfect for this role. It never dawned upon me that Reynolds could be the successor of Abin Sur, but now that he is cast as Hal Jordan, I couldn't agree more!
Reynolds, who is best known for his wise-cracking, silly roles, has never truly impressed me as an actor. As stated above, Reynolds played Deadpool in the recent Wolverine film. When I first saw him appear in the movie, I was very worried. How can an actor, (I thought to myself) whose resume consists of more funny and ridiculous roles, play a character that holds so much weight in the DC universe, especially now with Blackest Night going on. However, seeing Reynolds in the Wolverine film did make me look at his acting in a different light.
He still carried himself in the same way, very cocky and so sure of himself. But there was a level of maturity in his acting, something I don't think audiences have seen before. Now granted, marvel is getting a lot of flack for their portrayal of Deadpool and how "inaccurate" it was in comparison to the comics, but Reynolds performance in and of itself was definitely different and much more mature than anything he has ever done before.
I have exceptional high hopes for Reynolds as Hal Jordan. This is his chance to shine in a role that goes beyond what he has done before. We can only hope that Warner doesn't try to mess with the costume....oh what disasters I can foresee!