Los Angeles, July 12: After a flurry of rumors and speculation, Ryan Reynolds has won a three way race to play the coveted role in "Green Lantern," the Warner Bros. live-action movie based on the DC Comics hero.
The search process for the role was lengthy, taking several months because
Martin Campbell, producers Greg Berlanti and Donald De Line, and the studio each had their own favorite among the finalists.
Reynolds who vied for the role along with Bradley Cooper, Jared Leto and Justin Timberlake, entered negotiations for the part on Friday, after the studio held two rounds of screen tests.
About Green Lantern
The Green Lantern is a crime fighter in which Ryan Reynolds will play Hal Gordon, a second-generation test pilot who was given the power ring and battery (lantern) by a dying alien named Abin Sur.
Abin Sur’s spaceship crashed on Earth and the alien used his ring to seek out an individual to take his place as Green Lantern: someone who was “utterly honest and born without fear.”
Raynolds third foray into comic book movie
This will be Reynold’s third foray into the comic book movie after playing Hannibal King in “Blade: Trinity” back in 2004,and Deadpool in the recently released 20th Century Fox's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," starring Hugh Jackman.
A few years ago, he was selected to play the comic company's speedster "The Flash”, but the project got stalled indefinitely.
Action adventure roles based on comic book characters are highly popular amongst actors, because the films usually lead to a number of sequels and guarantee steady, high-paying work in Hollywood over several years.
Reynolds’ representatives at UTA are working out his deal. He shall start filming for Green Lantern in January, when the production of the movie begins.
Greg Berlanti wrote the script with Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green. Donald DeLine will produce with Berlanti. The film is due for release on June 17th, 2011.