Ryan Reynolds Cast As 'Green Lantern' Lead

Ryan ReynoldsIt appears that Ryan Reynolds has landed the lead role in the live-action "Green Lantern" movie. After a flurry of rumors, speculation and announcements over the last 24 hours regarding who would star in the film, the "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" actor was named as the star of the Martin Campbell-directed film this evening.

Earlier this morning, it was announced that Reynolds was one of three official contenders for the role alongside "The Hangover" star Bradley Cooper and musician/actor Justin Timberlake. According to Variety, "the momentum built for Reynolds in the last week, as he was the only actor whose option was extended."

Reynolds is now set to have the lead role in two heavily anticipated movies based on comic book properties, as it was announced back in May that his portrayal of Marvel Comics' "Merc With A Mouth," Deadpool, had earned him (and the character) a solo film. Both Deadpool and Green Lantern are currently regarded as blockbuster movie properties for 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros, respectively, and there's no word on how the "Green Lantern" news will affect "Deadpool."

Budgets for "Green Lantern" and "Deadpool" haven't been announced at this point, but "Green Lantern" is expected to start filming in January. Both films are expected to open in 2011, so the competing nature of the projects should create an interesting environment as production gets underway.

Little is known about the plot of "Green Lantern" (or "Deadpool" for that matter), but the script was co-written by Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and comics veteran Marc Guggenheim.

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