As reported previously, Blake Lively was rumored to be in the running to play the female lead in the upcoming Green Lantern movie, opposite Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan. Well, Variety is reporting that she has indeed landed the role and is set to start filming when the movie goes into production later this spring.
Blake Lively, best known for her role on the CW’s series Gossip Girl and in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, will later this year be seen opposite Ben Affleck in the movie The Town. As mentioned in the previous post, her being a newer star makes it easier to lock her down into a contract where she’ll appear in, hopefully, many sequels and not limit her role solely to that of a love interest. ‘Carol Ferris’ is both a vital part of the Green Lantern mythology as the head of the aviation company that employs the former Air Force pilot, and also has played the part of super-villain, in the form of ‘Star Sapphire’.
Not being too knowledgeable of Lively’s career, or talents, I have to say I’m fairly interested in this casting decision and look forward to seeing where it goes. Although, counter to what I had stated in my first post, I think it would have been interesting to see the film cast an older woman that runs the business and is also a viable leading love interest.
The Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) directed movie, has a script by Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green (with Michael Goldenberg working on a new draft) and is scheduled to be released in June of 2011.