Ryan Reynolds Takes the Lead in ‘Green Lantern’

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Variety brings word the decision has been made and Ryan Reynolds will take the lead role in the Warner Bros. superhero feature Green Lantern based on the DC Comics hero. Just this morning the report was Reynolds was competing with Bradley Cooper and Justin Timberlake for the part in the film which will be directed by Martin Campbell (GoldenEye) with production expected to begin in January. Reynolds obviously came out on top.

In the past Reynolds has been rumored as the lead in an adaptation of the comic “The Flash” and just recently played the part of Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and is expected to star in a spin-off film of his own with that character as well.

Green Lantern is already set for a June 17, 2011 release and Greg Berlanti wrote the script with Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green. “Green Lantern” began at DC in 1940, telling the story of Hal Jordan, a second-generation test pilot. Jordan is an ordinary man who has been charged with defending a sector of the universe.

Reynolds was most recently seen in The Proposal with Sandra Bullock and will next star in Buried, a dark indie drama that will begin filming shortly in Barcelona with Spanish director Rodrigo Cortes. Reynolds will play a civilian contractor who is kidnapped in Iraq and awakes in a coffin, struggling against time to coordinate a rescue even though he doesn’t know where he’s buried in the desert.