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Rumor: A shortlist shines a light on casting choices for Green Lantern Corps

01.20.2017

Lately, it would seem as it Parallax himself wouldn’t be able to stop the GREEN LANTERN CORPS rumors and news from willing itself onto my list of articles to write. In fact, just this past week we’ve inquired about who you would cast in the roles of Lanterns Hal Jordan and John Stewart, in addition to compiling a list of 8 things we want to see in the upcoming film. Today, we’ve got a rumored, not-so-short list of names being tossed around by Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment regarding who they think should wield the all-powerful rings when GREEN LANTERN CORPS takes flight. Let’s have a look at the list, shall we?

Now, it’s important to mention that it's way too early for these names to be thought of as anything but possibilities. That being said, we can still have a little fun by theorizing whether or not any of the actors I’m about to list would actually be worthy of the Green Lantern’s light. Okay, enough stalling, here is the list: Tom Cruise, Joel McHale, Bradley Cooper, Ryan Reynolds, Armie Hammer, and Jake Gyllenhaal!

Okay, so I’m going to put this out there, just so there’s no confusion - none of these actors have been confirmed for what one would assume (based on skin color alone) is the role of Hal Jordan. Taking that into consideration, let’s break this list down and have some fun.

First on the list is Tom Cruise. This pick feels like a real stretch to me. It’s a given that Cruise’s star power would be a welcomed addition in creating hype for the movie, but I just don’t see it. Plus, isn’t he a bit long in the tooth to play the ace pilot turned space cop? Next, we have Joel McHale. The only reason I could see McHale being a possibility is because this guy has been knocking on Hollywood’s door for a breakout role for years - and GREEN LANTERN CORPS would surely propel him to great heights if he were to join the project. He’s got the comedic chops to portray a snarky and light-hearted Jordan, but would he be able to handle the action bits as well?

Then there’s Ryan Reynolds. Wait, what? I’m going to give this one a big old “no” in terms of it coming to pass. Unless there was something in the water over at DC, I really can’t see Reynolds wanting to return to the franchise. Then again, Reynolds does have a habit of redeeming himself when it comes to suiting up as a besmirched superhero on film. Hmmmmmm. Bradley Cooper is an interesting choice, but then again, I see him moving on to bigger and better things rather than signing a contract for what I would assume will be a multi-picture deal. Armie Hammer is a likely candidate, I would think. He definitely has the look, and I can see him joining the ranks of the DCEU with a lot of enthusiasm. Lasty, there’s Jake Gyllenhaal, who I can totally see in the role of Hal Jordan. I think of him as a darker and more broodtastic actor, but I’ve been surprised by actors and their performances many times in the past, so who knows?

Regardless of who is deemed worthy enough to police the spaceways for GREEN LANTERN CORPS, you can bet that we’ll be hearing many more whispers of castings and character cameos before the film lands in theaters on July 24, 2020.

Extra Tidbit: I'm racking my brain as to who I'd like to see in the role of Hal Jordan and I'm coming up empty. In regard to the role of John Stewart though, why not give Michael Ealy a ring?
Source: The Wrap

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3:12AM on 01/22/2017

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So they rumour on this film, and the direction they want to go towards is the "Lethal Weapon" approach...
A young Hal, and an older Stewart..
one Lantern at the end of his career, with someone just starting.. Thats why Cruise's name is attached to this to be top of their list. He would be the Lantern thats getting too old for this shit. Frankly if they go towards this approach i think it would be refreshing for the superhero approach.
So they rumour on this film, and the direction they want to go towards is the "Lethal Weapon" approach...
A young Hal, and an older Stewart..
one Lantern at the end of his career, with someone just starting.. Thats why Cruise's name is attached to this to be top of their list. He would be the Lantern thats getting too old for this shit. Frankly if they go towards this approach i think it would be refreshing for the superhero approach.
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9:35PM on 01/21/2017
Armie hammer would compliment this franchise. the rest of the choices are terrible. they may be good actors but they dont fit the bill. Thats like trying to cast Jodie Foster, Helen Hunt or Gwyn Paltrow as Catwoman.
Armie hammer would compliment this franchise. the rest of the choices are terrible. they may be good actors but they dont fit the bill. Thats like trying to cast Jodie Foster, Helen Hunt or Gwyn Paltrow as Catwoman.
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6:27PM on 01/21/2017
I can't be alone in hoping Bruce Wayne's buddy Matt Damon would be Hal Jordan, can I?
I can't be alone in hoping Bruce Wayne's buddy Matt Damon would be Hal Jordan, can I?
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5:18AM on 01/21/2017
Michael Ealy would be GREAT as a young John Stewart! Loved him in the shortlived Almost Human tvseries, which was essentially a futuristic Lethal Weaponesque odd couple buddy cop show. Damn I miss that awesome series, and that endlessly entertaining Kurl Urban-Michael Ealy chemistry. Good things just don't last.

Come to think of it, Why not Kurl Urban as a snarky cocky older more experienced Hal Jordan? He certainly has the comedic chops (from Almost Human to Star Trek) and is perfect in
Michael Ealy would be GREAT as a young John Stewart! Loved him in the shortlived Almost Human tvseries, which was essentially a futuristic Lethal Weaponesque odd couple buddy cop show. Damn I miss that awesome series, and that endlessly entertaining Kurl Urban-Michael Ealy chemistry. Good things just don't last.

Come to think of it, Why not Kurl Urban as a snarky cocky older more experienced Hal Jordan? He certainly has the comedic chops (from Almost Human to Star Trek) and is perfect in both large scale action setpeices and hand to hand close quarter combats. Not to mention he can surely do a darker and broody turn of his character when he needs to. This guy can act, and have the charishma and starpower to make this fly.
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5:50AM on 01/22/2017
Karl Urban is an interesting choice, but he's slated for a villain role in Thor and likely won't be joining the DCU anytime soon.
Karl Urban is an interesting choice, but he's slated for a villain role in Thor and likely won't be joining the DCU anytime soon.
11:07PM on 01/20/2017
that is a lame casting list. i like those actors. but it seems very safe and bland
that is a lame casting list. i like those actors. but it seems very safe and bland
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8:04PM on 01/20/2017
I'm a bit confused as to why Ryan Reynolds would be considered again, but from the list provided, I think Hammer seems the most practical. Gyllenhaal should continue to focus on indie films and eventually getting his Oscar.
I'm a bit confused as to why Ryan Reynolds would be considered again, but from the list provided, I think Hammer seems the most practical. Gyllenhaal should continue to focus on indie films and eventually getting his Oscar.
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6:16PM on 01/20/2017
My favorite choices would be Jake Gyllenhaal and Armie Hammer. I don't really know enough Joel McHale's acting ability but he does have a sense of humor that could give the universe some needed levity. Tom Cruise has his hand in too much, it'd all become his franchise. Reynolds won't do it, he's got Deadpool. I like the idea of Bradley Cooper but I doubt he'll do it.
My favorite choices would be Jake Gyllenhaal and Armie Hammer. I don't really know enough Joel McHale's acting ability but he does have a sense of humor that could give the universe some needed levity. Tom Cruise has his hand in too much, it'd all become his franchise. Reynolds won't do it, he's got Deadpool. I like the idea of Bradley Cooper but I doubt he'll do it.
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6:13PM on 01/20/2017

This scoop does come from Umberto Gonzales whose notorious for straight up fabricating stories

That being said, I'm pretty positive that if offered the role, Cooper would decline it so as not to piss off Marvel (having someone like Callan Mulvey cross over as one shot characters in both franchises is one thing having a character signed to a recurring contract for both probably will not happen). I think Reynolds is just on there, for the sake of completion, but I would be really, really surprised if they went that route, and I would also be surprised if he risked pissing off Fox by
That being said, I'm pretty positive that if offered the role, Cooper would decline it so as not to piss off Marvel (having someone like Callan Mulvey cross over as one shot characters in both franchises is one thing having a character signed to a recurring contract for both probably will not happen). I think Reynolds is just on there, for the sake of completion, but I would be really, really surprised if they went that route, and I would also be surprised if he risked pissing off Fox by signing on as another superhero. I can see McHale, Hammer and Gyllenhaal all being serious contenders for the role, although personally I'd peg McHale a being a perfect Guy Gardner.
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5:49PM on 01/20/2017
Other than Joel McHale, I love the list of actors for Hal Jordan/Green Lantern that DC are looking at. My personal top two picks are Bradley Cooper, and Jake Gyllenhaal, but I would love to see Reynolds back in the role as well considering Iím one of the only few people I know that absolutely love that film. And it would be able to have the first film connected to this new DCEU and be able to use Mark Strong again as Sinestro.

But in all honesty, Reynolds ainít coming since heís Deadpool now
Other than Joel McHale, I love the list of actors for Hal Jordan/Green Lantern that DC are looking at. My personal top two picks are Bradley Cooper, and Jake Gyllenhaal, but I would love to see Reynolds back in the role as well considering Iím one of the only few people I know that absolutely love that film. And it would be able to have the first film connected to this new DCEU and be able to use Mark Strong again as Sinestro.

But in all honesty, Reynolds ainít coming since heís Deadpool now and the only reason heís being considered is probably because of the success and fans he would carry over from Deadpool to Green Lantern.

I donít think Cooper would sign up for this as well (as much I would love to see him to) because of contract commitments to Marvel and being Rocket for Guardians of the Galaxy.

I donít think Cruise signs on because he doesnít really seem the comic book playing type, and I think casting McHale would be a truly awful mistake.

So the only two realistic options I see from this list are Gyllenhaal, and Hammer who I would both be fine with and would both do terrific jobs.
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