Star Trek's Chris Pine the Frontrunner to Play Hal Jordan?
While we've heard numerous casting rumors recently surrounding Green Lantern, we finally have an update that not only comes from legitimate sources, but seems like the perfect fit. It was first reported by IESB (and separately confirmed by Latino Review) that Warner Brothers is looking at Chris Pine for the role of Hal Jordan in the upcoming Green Lantern movie. Although J.J. Abrams' Star Trek isn't out yet, we already know Pine as the newest Captain James T. Kirk. And it was Kevin Smith who said last August that Pine "is going to be so famous" and that "the guy that plays the lead is an instant star." Good news?
For those that don't know, Hal Jordan is the main character in Green Lantern, a test pilot who is selected to wear a powerful ring after a spaceship crash lands on Earth. Jordan is chosen because he has the most willpower out of anyone on Earth, and thus is deemed worthy of wearing the Green Lantern. I actually think Pine could be the perfect choice. And I prefer him over all of the other rumored actors like Ryan Gosling, Emile Hirsch, Anton Yelchin, Jon Hamm, and even Nathan Fillion. I really love the presence he has as Captain Kirk in what we've seen of Star Trek so far and really think he could be an awesome Hal Jordan.
This isn't confirmed officially by Warner Brothers, but it looks like he's the frontrunner at the moment, considering some of the aforemention actors have already passed on the role. However, what we can confirm is that Green Lantern is actually going to start shooting in September in Australia. So for all those of you who are still thinking this is a pipe dream and will never happen, well, it's time to accept the truth and realize that a Green Lantern movie is really going to hit theaters on December 17th, 2010 next year. So for all you Green Lantern fans, what do you think? Would Chris Pine make a good Hal Jordan?
Update: According to our friend Steve at Collider, this rumor is not true at all. Damn, I was really hoping it was true, as I love Pine for Hal Jordan and was hoping he'd actually get the gig off of all this buzz.