It's Official - Ryan Reynolds is Hal Jordan in Green Lantern!
by Alex Billington
July 10, 2009
Barely a few hours earlier, we reported that the list of actors in the running for the role of Hal Jordan in the upcoming Green Lantern movie had been narrowed down to three - Bradley Cooper, Ryan Reynolds and Justin Timberlake. Variety and THR have both confirmed that it's Ryan Reynolds who has ended up in the role, making him the only male actor to play both a Marvel (as Deadpool) and DC Comics superhero. This ends the "intense months-long search" that was conducted by Warner Brothers, director Martin Campbell, and producers Donald De Line and Greg Berlanti, as they couldn't come to an agreement until today.
Reynolds is first set to star in the indie one-man thriller Buried before moving on to shoot Green Lantern down in Australia. The studio is still working out the budget, which was rumored to be at least $150 million, but production is expected to begin in January. My first choice would've been Chris Pine, but that didn't turn out. And fanboy favorite Nathan Fillion didn't make the cut it either. But oh well, because Reynolds is a perfectly fine second choice. Although this means he probably won't ever play The Flash anymore, I have a feeling we'll all be saying that Campbell made a damn good choice come next year. Is he a good choice?