Speculation continues to rage across forums and social media as to which Hollywood star will play Hal Jordan in the upcoming Green Lantern Corps movie. It is slated for 2020 and focuses on the Green Lanterns of Earth – Jordan, Kyle Rayner, John Stewart and Guy Gardner – as they battle the Sinestro Corps and their yellow power rings. The Jordan role will be central to the story and several leading lights are in the running to land this exciting part. Here are the top contenders:
The big rumor this month is that studio execs are trying to convince Oscar-winning filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie to direct this movie. The last Green Lantern film did not the commercial success they hoped for, so they are taking no chances with the reboot and they are hell-bent on securing the best talent available. McQuarrie fits the bill, as he has made a success of various Mission: Impossible and Jack Reacher blockbusters. If the studio bosses convince him to sign on the dotted line it could provide an added and most welcome bonus: Tom Cruise. The superstar action man has worked with McQuarrie on a range of films, including Valkyrie as well as Mission: Impossible and Jack Reacher instalments, so they clearly respect one another and enjoy working together. Cruise has played all manner of high-profile roles over the years, but he has never been a superhero, and Green Lantern Corps could allow him to scratch that itch.
Gyllenhaal’s star continues to rise as he stars in big-money blockbusters and quirky, critically acclaimed movies. When high-profile roles like Hal Jordan or Batman are up for grabs, his name is typically near the top of the list with bookmakers, so you will see it if you check Sportsbetting.ag for odds on favorites. Several sources with inside information on the movie say Gyllenhaal is on the shortlist of candidates, and he certainly has the star quality and acting skills to pull if off with aplomb.
Could Reynolds be tempted back to reprise the role of Jordan that he played in 2011? Stranger things have happened. He was burned by the failure of the 2011 movie and he has since gone on to enjoy greater acclaim in the Deadpool franchise, but he could be intrigued by the possibility of making a strong Green Lantern movie as a cathartic exercise. He said recently: “Deadpool always knew what it was. With Green Lantern, I don’t think anyone ever figured out exactly what it was. That isn’t to say the hundreds of men and women didn’t work their fingers to the bone to make it as good as possible. It also fell victim to the process in Hollywood, which is like poster first, release date second, script last. At the time, it was a huge opportunity for me so I was excited to try and take part in it.” That is not exactly a promising indictment, but never say never.
Cooper is a four-time Oscar nominee so he would bring a huge dose of credibility to the role, and he also has blockbuster pedigree. Aside from voicing Rocket Racoon in Guardians of the Galaxy, he has never starred in a superhero movie. He could be swayed by a cracking script and the chance to boost his profile further, as there is a chance that a new superhero universe will be spawned if Green Lantern Corps takes off, while Green Lantern could also cross over into Justice League. There are other leading candidates, including Armie Hammer and Joel McHale, but Cooper stands out as a bigger name.