Green Lantern Corps actor shortlist includes original Green Lantern star Ryan Reynolds

Producers are hopeful for a second chance at successfully bringing the DC character to screen

Jacob Stolworthy
Monday 23 January 2017 15:29
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Hollywood just can't leave well alone. Despite attempting to bring superhero Green Lantern to the big screen - something Ryan Reynolds himself deemed a bit of a failure - the studio's set to give the DC character another go and have just revealed the shortlist of actors they want to play the role.

According to The Wrap, top of the list to play Hal Jordan in Green Lantern Corps is none other than Mission: Impossible actor Tom Cruise. Also on the list are Joel McHale, Bradley Cooper, Armie Hammer and Jake Gyllenhaal.

It seems the studio are hopeful they could coax Reynolds back to the role considering the same thing happened with his character Deadpool; following his disappointing initial appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Reynolds was granted the opportunity to bring the character to life in his own R-rated film - it was a critical and commercial smash.

Cooper was originally primed to play Jordan in the 2011 film before the role went to Reynolds. He currently voices Rocket Raccoon in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.

Cruise will next be seen heading up The Mummy remake, an attempt at beginning a successful Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe including Wolf Man, Van Helsing and Bride of Frankenstein.

There is no word on when Green Lantern Corps - which expected to be released in 2020 - will begin shooting so don't go expecting casting news anytime soon. The film will tell the story of a group of humans who join the titular interstellar police force that protects the universe.

Who knows, maybe more than one of the above names will be cast.

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