"Gossip Girl's" Blake Lively reportedly beat Keri Russell and Jennifer Garner to star as the female lead in Warner Bros.' upcoming superhero movie "Green Lantern" opposite Ryan Reynolds.
The Hollywood Reporter tells us that "Lively will play Carol Ferris, who runs her father's aerospace company and hires cocky test pilot Hal Jordan (Reynolds), who later becomes the intergalactic policeman Green Lantern. In the comics, the romance became complicated when an alien race bestowed her the power of a crystal called the Star Sapphire."
So if "Green Lantern" is a hit, Lively has the potential to have her own superhero franchise as Star Sapphire!
While I'm not too familiar with Lively's work (except for her part in the "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants"), this casting report may or may not work. Gwyneth Paltrow shone in "Iron Man" as Virginia "Pepper" Potts opposite Robert Downey Jr., but then, that's Paltrow.
Apparently, Lively impressed the studio with her audition, and they were equally impressed with her work in "The Town" directed by Ben Affleck. So I will reserve my comments until I see the Martin Campbell-directed film when it opens June 17, 2011.
The script was written by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Michael Green, with Michael Goldenberg currently rewriting. The next part of the casting process will be the roles of Dr. Hector Hammond, one of the main villains, and the alien known as Sinestro.
Production is set to shoot in Louisiana in March.
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