Warner Brothers’ quest to find the perfect pair of legs to fill the tights of the Green Lantern seems to be inexorably drawing towards a conclusion, with Ain’t It Cool
reporting that contenders for the role have been whittled down to a final troika.
The chosen three are;
1. Bradley Cooper, who has been very much perceived as the front-runner for the part of Hal Jordan since the surprise success of The Hangover
2. Justin Timberlake, whose name surfaced in connection with The Green Lantern
movie earlier this week, to audible yelps of alarm.
3. And Ryan Reynolds.
Screen-tests have apparently been shot with a number of actors – the trio named above, as well as Hunger
-star Michael Fassbender, Jared Leto, and the perennial nearly-man of blockbuster franchises Henry Cavill (who has previously tested and missed out on Batman, Bond, and Superman). But while a Fassbender-toplined Green Lantern
flick seems an intriguing proposition, the Warner Brothers top brass have by all accounts discounted these latter three possibilities.
The three actors left in the race appear a disappointingly bland selection. Cooper might be flavour du jour in Hollywood, but he still has to prove he can shoulder a movie when cut loose of the safety offered by an ensemble cast. Timberlake’s screen forays have been limited in success to date, with appearances in disappointments like Alpha Dog
and Richard Kelly’s feeble Southland Tales
failing to win many doubters over. And Reynolds’ is a curious name to be linked to GL
, with Mr. Scarlett Johansson having been loudly talking up his enthusiasm for a Deadpool
franchise ever since he cameod in that role in X-Men Origins: Wolverine
. Presumably that proposed project would be blackballed were he to don the Green Lantern’s power ring.
With Martin Campbell, the veteran director who kicked off both the Brosnan and Craig Bond-eras with Goldeneye
and Casino Royale
respectively, set to assume megaphone duties, The Green Lantern
is due for release in summer 2011.
Sources: Ain’t it Cool