Star Trek's Chris Pine the Frontrunner to Play Hal Jordan?

March 19, 2009
Source: IESB

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.

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  • nelson
    seems pretty perfect if they cast him
  • Tom W
    he would make a good green lantern but idk about this movie
  • Rorschach90
    I'm really liking this alot. K Smith also said that Watchmen kicked ass and that Snyder pulled it off, and he hit that one right on the head. I loved Pine in Smokin Aces, and I hope he does become a big actor. I just want this movie to come out already.
  • Matt Suhu
    Both Hal and Kirk are almost the same character in being cocky and reckless. But good pick nonetheless.
  • Hey Ya
  • Curtis
    i think he can pull it off hes got the look down lets just hope Kevin Smith was right about him, i trust Smith so good news.
  • T
    Now I can comfortably watch this flick with my hand in my pants... wait, what? Didn't mean that.
  • Darunia
    Ryan Gosling would be the best choice, let's not sugar coat it. This Pine dude can make a solid, sorta generic Hal Jordan sure. But you know, Gosling is an amazing actor, this Pine dude is just a pretty face with a smug attitude.
  • Megan
    All I've got to say is JENSEN ACKLES, JENSEN ACKLES, JENSEN ACKLES. He was born for this role.
  • js
    r u kidding me the dude from supernatural, he's a horribel actor and wasnt born to be a green lantern. but for pine i watched some of his films but would like to see more. after i watch star trek ill make a comment but for now i would have to say Ryan Gosling would be the best choice for now.
  • zach
    i dont care as long as this is a badass movie :DD
  • D
    Which actors passed on the roll?
  • Moviegimp
    He seems like a good pick. I wonder what the story will be. If you haven't seen the animated Wonder Women DVD. In the extras there is a first look at an animated Green Lantern movie. The look is good but the story sounds very bad. They take Sinestro and make him Hal's mentor turned bad or something instead of just making him the villain. It has Ep. 1 or 2 written all over it, that I don't want. People have been reading these comics for year and years and years. They have their audience. Just make the film with the story we know and love and be done with it. Stop screwing it up all the time Hollywood.
  • Darrin
    perfect is right nelson. its like the character came to life.
  • Dom
    Hey Moviegimp... You do realize that Sinestro was indeed Hal Jordan's mentor and a former Green Lantern?? That might not be "the story you want" but thats the way it is.
    i'd like to point out that while Collider says it's false, LatinoReview and IESB stand by their sources. there was a twitter fight over this. i hope it's true, he's my top choice.
  • Daas
    I personally was hoping Chris Pine would be considered for Captain America.
  • Fisherr
    Chris Pin would fit perfectly in the role.
  • shut up
    screw this, they need someone older looking, more rugged. someone you think could actually be a pilot, not some baby face. these idiots who make these films always center the movie around who they are casting instead of casting the movie based on what the movie is. Like... Cobra Commander, Joseph Gordon Levitt?!?!?! Are you kidding?!?! How about someone who looks like they could have extensive military experience, someone older, wiser, cooler, and not gay!! But what do I know, lets just take Robert Pattinson... he's popular right now, and cast him as THOR!! yeah!! then we'll do the whole movie around Robert Pattinson. Here's another example...The Fantastic Four!! Jessica Alba?!?! My dead grandmother could act better!! And look what they are doing with that franchise, they are re-booting it ALREADY!! Thats how bad it sucked!! Look at the miserable -90's Batman movies, same thing. Fuck I'm a genius, somebody give me a fucking Oscar or a Martinez or whatever the fuck.... AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • hahahahaha
    Hey #15 Dom, I think Moviegimp has been watching too many episodes of the Super Friends
  • Rorschach90
    #19 I disagree. I'd rather have someone that can act the shit out of the part but doesnt look the part than someone who looks exactly the part but cant act. Look at Matthew Goode in Watchmen. Kinda too young to play Ozymadias, and kinda too small. But the man can act and he really brought Veidt to life.
  • Patricia Wylie
    I would prefer Jensen Ackles, myself.




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