Ryan Reynolds’ forays into comic book movies haven’t been all that lucky so far. Between Green Lantern, R.I.P.D. and X-Men Origins: Wolverine he seems to cursed to star in poor adaptations, but at least most people tend to agree that he’s not the reason that they’re bad. Next year Reynolds is returning to the role of Deadpoolin 20th Century Fox’s standalone movie, and Green Lantern is also getting another chance at the big screen in 2020, courtesy of Warner Bros.’ new DC Cinematic Universe.
Obviously Green Lantern is a long way off, as it will probably be four years before it even begins production, but that hasn’t stopped an initial swell of casting rumors. So far, though, they’ve mainly involved actors like Tyrese Gibson campaigning for the role, and previously-cast actor Common saying he’s still up for playing John Stewart onscreen.
According to the latest casting rumor, however, Hal Jordan could be getting another turn in the spotlight and he could be played by an actor who’s already leading another sci-fi franchise. Latino Review‘s Umberto Gonzalez has claimed in an Instagram post that the name he’s been hearing “floating around” for the role of Hal Jordan is Chris Pine, who plays Captain Kirk in the Star Trek movies and more recently starred in Horrible Bosses 2 and Disney musical Into the Woods.
This bit of gossip might be disappointing for fans who were hoping to see the John Stewart version of Green Lantern, or one of the others, taking the lead in the movie. It’s always possible, however, that the reboot could end up featuring more than one Green Lantern, in the same way that upcoming Marvel release Ant-Man will include both Hank Pym and Scott Lang. After all, the 2011 movie already introduced Green Lantern so Warner Bros. could potentially skip the origin story this time.
Pine is no stranger to either action roles or leading man roles so it’s no surprise that his name is being thrown around in relation to Green Lantern – both by fans and within the Warner Bros. offices. Mark it down as nothing more than an interesting rumor for now and start looking forward to another three or four years of similar casting rumors as the DCCU continues to come together.
Green Lantern is scheduled to release on June 19, 2020.