Report: Ryan Reynolds lands Green Lantern role….
SciFiWire has it from THR:
A day after The Hollywood Reporter said that three actors were vying for the coveted title role in The Green Lantern, it reports that one has prevailed: Ryan Reynolds, whom Warner Brothers has settled on as its choice to play Hal Jordan. The film is being directed by Martin Campbell and produced by Donald De Line and Greg Berlanti.
Here’s what the trade paper reported Friday night:
Reynolds and his camp entered negotiations for the part Friday, after the studio held two rounds of screen tests, along with actors Bradley Cooper and Jared Leto. Justin Timberlake also did a screen test.The studio had holding options on the actors, but, except for Reynolds, those expired Monday. Reynolds’ option would have expired end of day Friday.
…He recently appeared as Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and the character is in development for a spinoff movie. Fans of the Blade franchise also recall Reynolds role as Hannibal King.
…The story of an intergalactic lawman armed with a green power ring,”Green Lantern,” is slated to be directed by Martin Campbell and scheduled to start filming in January. That would potentially put Reynolds in the strange position of potentially facing off against himself at the multiplex with both potential blockbusters scheduled for 2011.
Cooper had been coming off his breakthrough role in the box office hit, “The Hangover,” which grossed $210 million and counting for Warner Brothers. Timberlake is no slouch, himself, with turns in movies like “Alpha Dog” and “The Love Guru,” but news of his screen test for the Green Lantern movie drew online grumbling from comic book fans.
But neither packed the box office punch that Reynolds has enjoyed recently, with “The Proposal” leaping over the $100 million mark in a single bound and “Wolverine” hauling in $178.5 million at the box office this summer….