WOW! That's all I feel I can say. Ryan Reynolds one of my favorite actors around has been cast as The Green Lantern, Hal Jordan according to The Hollywood Reporter. THR is saying that although it's not final, everything's done but the signing of an actual contract. If the deal goes through this will be Reynolds third comic book character to play, and he will be the first person to play both a Marvel and a DC superhero (although not the first to appear in both a Marvel and DC movie, as James Marsden was in both the X-Men movies and Superman Returns)
Earlier this week Aint It Cool News reported that Justin Timberlake had screen tested for the role, leading to lots of outcry from fans. I was not one of them as I think Timberlake is a great actor and a wonderful comediane. Soon after that it was revealed that along with Timberlake, Reynolds, and Bradley Cooper had been up for the role. Warner Brothers had a holding deal with all three men, but the deals with both Timberlake and Cooper expired this past Monday. Reynolds deal would have expired tonight, but instead the studio and his people sat down to hammer out a deal.
Personally I'm shocked. This past May Reynolds played Deadpool, the so called "Merc with a Mouth" in the Wolverine movie. Reynolds had been very public about his desire to play this character over the past few years and it was a no brainer that he was also signed to do a spin-off movie. So I assumed his contract with Marvel would exclude him from headlining another big comic book franchise, especially with their biggest rival, DC. But apparently there's no such clause as it seems all but done.
As I said before this will be Reynolds third comic book character after playing Deadpool in Wolverine, and Hannibal King in Blade:Trinity. I think Reynolds will do great as Hal Jordan as it's a character with a lot of humor, and Reynolds has certainly proved he can be funny over the years. But with roles in such diverse films as the recent romantic comedy The Proposal, coming of age movie Adventureland, and Indie fave The Nines, I think Reynolds has proven he also has the acting chops it takes to play a character such as Green Lantern's Hal Jordan.
Martin Campbell, director of Casino Royale, will direct the film from a screenplay by Greg Berlanti (Eli Stone, Everwood), Marc Guggenheim (Eli Stone, Law & Order) and Michael Green (Smallville, Heroes). Green Lantern is the story of hot-shot pilot Hal Jordan, who is chosen by a dying alien to defend Earth from those who would attack it. Jordan is given a green power ring that shapes energy to his will and is only limited by his imagination.
I for one will be there opening night with my power ring and Lantern shaped battery!