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Rumor: Colin Farrell leads Constantine casting for Justice League Dark

11.17.2015

While all the focus over at Warner Bros. in their superhero department is on publicly assembling their DC Cinematic Universe, under the radar JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK continues to progress very stealthly. Remember... at one point, this was a project that Guillermo Del Toro was on-board with. But he departed and the film quietly went underground, with the studio looking at whether or not they could still make it, given how high they were on his script. Combine that with how much they seem to love how SUICIDE SQUAD is coming together, and JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK has been given new life over at Warners.

Scott Rudin was brought on to produce, and their sights are sight on trying, under the best case scenario, to get the film in front of cameras before 2016 is out. With that aggressive fast track in place, that means starting to explore options for their character roles, even as they still try to find a filmmaker capable of leading this property across the finish line.

The Del Toro version was filled out by the characters of John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna, and Etrigan The Demon, and there's no reason to believe WB is looking to create some extra work for themselves in deviating from that line-up. So now we get back into looking at talent to fill out those roles with Constantine being the top priority.

According to our sources, Daniel Craig was someone that had been approached to play the part, but apparently he turned down the opportunity, allowing Warner Bros. to work their way down the list and explore other possibilities. Latino-Review reports that Colin Farrell is their top choice right now, which may speak highly of what they're getting out of him on FANTASTIC BEASTS which he's currently shooting for them at the moment. Ewan McGregor is another name that has entered into the conversation as well, but with the studio leaning toward someone a bit more A-list in status, Farrell's name would carry with it a bit more value. That could mean McGregor might slide into the role of Jason Blood, the human side of Etrigan, but we'll have to see how the initial Constantine shakes out first.

As for the rest of the line-up, Monica Bellucci appears to be the top target to play Madame Xanadu, and one actor who has remained in consideration for Swamp Thing from Del Toro's vision to now is Ron Perlman and that shows no signs of changing at the moment.

Does Colin Farrell work for you as John Constantine? Let's hear your arguments for/against.

Source: Latino Review

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8:45AM on 11/19/2015
I think Iain Glen from Game of Thrones would make a really good John Constantine. Matt Ryan did a pretty good job, however it's not his fault the show was too campy.
I think Iain Glen from Game of Thrones would make a really good John Constantine. Matt Ryan did a pretty good job, however it's not his fault the show was too campy.
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3:29AM on 11/19/2015
What's so special about Mat Ryan? Genuine question, he didn't exactly bring the crowds to watch Constantine and there was nothing special he did in the show other than have blonde hair, why would they use him?. Might as well use Keanu if that's the case
What's so special about Mat Ryan? Genuine question, he didn't exactly bring the crowds to watch Constantine and there was nothing special he did in the show other than have blonde hair, why would they use him?. Might as well use Keanu if that's the case
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1:43PM on 11/18/2015
I get that Colin Farrell's well-documented struggle with substance abuse could suggest he's got the world-weariness for the part. I wouldn't think his name is bigger than Ewan McGregor's though. DC seems pretty insistent on using different actors for their movies, so you can count out Matt Ryan.
I get that Colin Farrell's well-documented struggle with substance abuse could suggest he's got the world-weariness for the part. I wouldn't think his name is bigger than Ewan McGregor's though. DC seems pretty insistent on using different actors for their movies, so you can count out Matt Ryan.
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7:58AM on 11/18/2015
If they're not interested in re-work, why not use Matt Ryan?
If they're not interested in re-work, why not use Matt Ryan?
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4:59AM on 11/18/2015
Matt Ryan - honestly cant imagine anyone else in the role now.
Matt Ryan - honestly cant imagine anyone else in the role now.
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8:40PM on 11/17/2015
If there's one actor that looks exactly like Constantine should look its McGregor. But Farrell would have the dangerous attitude Constantine should have
If there's one actor that looks exactly like Constantine should look its McGregor. But Farrell would have the dangerous attitude Constantine should have
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8:02PM on 11/17/2015
Well, they better bleach Farrell's hair blonde.
Well, they better bleach Farrell's hair blonde.
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7:58PM on 11/17/2015
I would love to see Guy Pearce as Constantine.
I would love to see Guy Pearce as Constantine.
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7:10PM on 11/17/2015

Of those names, I'd prefer Ewan McGregor for John Constantine

I think he'd do a better job. But Colin Farrell is a solid choice ... other than the fact that he's not blond. I think Farrell would make a better Jason Blood/Etrigan. While I wish they'd bring the TV cast for the movies, I understand that's not going to happen so deal with it.
I think he'd do a better job. But Colin Farrell is a solid choice ... other than the fact that he's not blond. I think Farrell would make a better Jason Blood/Etrigan. While I wish they'd bring the TV cast for the movies, I understand that's not going to happen so deal with it.
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6:03PM on 11/17/2015

Ha.

Stealthly? *Stealthily.
Stealthly? *Stealthily.
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5:47PM on 11/17/2015
Fuck no! But it's Latino Review so likely way off.
Fuck no! But it's Latino Review so likely way off.
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5:01PM on 11/17/2015
They really should just hire Matt Ryan for Constantine. It'd get the fans behind it, and you know there will be fan complaints otherwise. Plus they could give him one line about how he moves in lots of different circles (or something similar) which would link the TV and movie worlds without actually connecting them.
They really should just hire Matt Ryan for Constantine. It'd get the fans behind it, and you know there will be fan complaints otherwise. Plus they could give him one line about how he moves in lots of different circles (or something similar) which would link the TV and movie worlds without actually connecting them.
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4:59PM on 11/17/2015

Come On...

Get Keanu back...the Constantine film is very underrated.
Get Keanu back...the Constantine film is very underrated.
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7:35PM on 11/17/2015
C'mon ...constantine on keanu ...is not constantine...the personality and the dressing like Nick Necro (read constantine, bro...) - Matt ryan ..is close to the portrayal of john constantine.
C'mon ...constantine on keanu ...is not constantine...the personality and the dressing like Nick Necro (read constantine, bro...) - Matt ryan ..is close to the portrayal of john constantine.
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