Blake Lively to romance Ryan Reynolds' "Green Lantern"
'Gossip Girl' star beats out older competition for the role
In somewhat of a surprise, Blake Lively has been cast as the romantic interest in Warner Bros. big screen adaptation of the classic comic book character "Green Lantern."
Lively will play Carol Ferris an aerospace industry executive who meets cocky test pilot Hal Jordan (Reynolds) when he's hired by her company before he's bestowed the power of the Green Lantern. In the comics, her character eventually becomes another super-powered entity, Star Sapphire. It's unclear if that will be hinted upon or occur in "Lantern's" cinematic debut.
Only 22-years-old, many comic fans will raise their eyebrows that the "Gossip Girl" star landed the role which was expected to be played by an older actress. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lively impressed director Martin Campbell and producers Donald De Line and Greg Berlanti with her audition and her work in Ben Affleck's gritty drama "The Town" which is now in post-production. The trade says Lively beat out Kerri Russell and Jennifer Garner for the role among others.
The production will now finish casting the roles of Dr. Hector Hammond, an eventual villain, and the alien Sinestro who in the comic was also a member of the Green Lantern Corps before going to the yellow, er, dark side.
Shooting is scheduled to begin in tax rebate friendly state of Louisiana this March. "Green Lantern" is currently scheduled for a June 17, 2011 release.
What do you think of Lively's casting? Share your thoughts below.
News From Our Partners
- What to Watch This Weekend: The Season Finales of Nikita, Doctor Who, The Simpsons, and Family Guy Syfy Renews Warehouse 13 for a Fifth and Final Season What to Watch Tonight: The Office's Big Farewell and the Season Finales of TVD, Elementary, and Five More
- Critics Consensus: Star Trek Into Darkness is Certified Fresh Red Carpet Roundup: Star Trek Into Darkness Edition Video Interviews with Katie Aselton & Lake Bell of Black Rock
- The Telefile - The Most Heinous Person on Reality TV This Week The Telefile - Modern Family: The Best Lines of the Night The Telefile - Fall TV 2013: What's On When
- 'Frances Ha' Review 'Star Wars: Episode 7′ — The Real Reason J.J. Abrams Left 'Star Trek' Sega Game Gear Classics Headed to Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
- YESSSSSSS... Who Won 'American Idol' 2013? The Ultimate Office Blooper Reel
- How Far Will 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Boldly Go At Box Office? 'Star Trek Into Darkness': The Secret Behind The Mystery Villain 'Pacific Rim' Trailer Surfaces: Watch Now!
- Christopher Nolan for James Bond Movie? Director Allegedly Courted to Direct Edward Furlong, 'Terminator 2' Star, Arrested Again Cannes 2013: $1M in Jewelry Stolen at Film Festival
- Demi Lovato vs. Perrie Edwards – PopCrush Prom Queen of 2013, Round 3 Justin Bieber vs. Austin Mahone – PopCrush Prom King of 2013, Round 3 Demi Lovato Sings Selena Gomez's Praises [Video]