With rumors swirling that "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." star Armie Hammer is being considered by Warner Bros. for the role of Hal Jordan in a "Green Lantern Corps" feature film, a recent injury to his right arm that could prohibit him from pursuing any type of physical activity had fans wondering if it would undermine his shot at joining the DCEU. During a press event at SXSW for "Free Fire," the actor calmed those fears by saying he won't be out of action for long.
"I’m okay now. I’m in physical therapy. I have another month of that," Hammer proclaimed. Asked if he's still in the running for "Green Lantern Corps," he said, "I don’t know. Technically (I am), because they haven’t hired anyone."
"Free Fire" co-star Sharlto Copley expressed his surprise that another "Green Lantern" film was in the works after the previous iteration bombed at the box office. Hammer offered, "I don’t know if they’re making another one," adding, "I’m not going be hobbled for the rest of my life. Let’s say that."
"Free Fire" director Ben Wheatley also weighed in, reminding Hammer and the audience that Green Lantern doesn’t necessarily get too physical due to welding his ring. “You don’t punch stuff in Green Lantern. You go like this (holds out his fist) and then a parachute or something–"
“A fist!” Hammer interrupted. “No, a fist comes out! And that punches them. I’m a kid at heart. I mean, everyone’s read comic books.”
Hammer’s credits include “The Social Network,” “The Lone Ranger” and “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” He was cast as Batman in director George Miller’s “Justice League: Mortal,” which was abruptly abandoned in 2009 by Warner Bros. He was also to be in the running to star in Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel,” a role that ultimately went to Henry Cavill.
“Green Lantern Corps” is targeted for release in 2020.
Via Screen Rant