Nearly six years after Warner Bros.' "Green Lantern" landed with a thud in theaters, star Ryan Reynolds may be getting his emerald-colored shot at redemption. You know, if he's not too busy basking in the glory of "Deadpool" and its impending sequel.
According to TheWrap, Reynolds is joined by the likes of Tom Cruise, Joel McHale, Bradley Cooper, Armie Hammer and Jake Gyllenhaal on the studio's shortlist of actors it wants to pursue for the role of Hal Jordan in its "Green Lantern Corps" film. In that regard, it appears to be more of a wish list than an actual shortlist, with some of those names seeming far more likely than others.
Casting for the film, which is targeted for release in 2020, is said to be in the very early stages. Citing an unnamed "insider," the website contends DC Films is still deciding whether Reynolds should return to the role of Jordan, the superhero he played in the 2011 film. Considering that Reynolds' stock has skyrocketed since the release of Fox's "Deadpool" last year, the better question may be whether he would want to return to the role.
Announced in October 2014 as part of Warner Bros.' ambitious DC movie slate, development of "Green Lantern Corps" kicked into gear last week with the news that David S. Goyer and Justin Rhodes have been tapped to pen the feature, based on a story by Goyer and DC Entertainment President and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns.
The purported shortlist surfaces just weeks after Hammer trolled fans online about Green Lantern casting rumors. The actor, who was selected by George Miller to play Batman in the canceled "Justice League: Mortal," Hammer is no stranger to superhero casting rumors: He was said to be in the running to star in Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel," a role that ultimately went to Henry Cavill.