Ryan Reynolds Lands Green Lantern Role

July 13, 2009 By:
Ryan Reynolds Lands Green Lantern Role

Ryan Reynolds has beat out Justin Timberlake and Bradley Cooper for the role of Green Lantern! The search for the lead character lasted for months, with producers screen-testing dozens of possible candidates, including Jared Leto and Tudors star Henry Cavill.

But according to the Hollywood Reporter, Ryan beat out everyone for the role, making him the first actor to play heroes for both Marvel and DC. As you probably know, Ryan played Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. His character for that film is also expected to get a spin-off movie of its own.

Green Lantern is part of an intergalactic police force who fights off enemies using a magic ring that can conjure up multiple powers. Martin Campbell, who directed Casino Royale, will direct the film. Shooting is reportedly slated to begin in January.

Congrats to Ryan!