A few months ago we heard that Gossip Girl actress Blake Lively had been cast in Green Lantern as Carol Ferris. The character runs her father’s aerospace company and hires cocky test pilot Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds), who later becomes the Green Lantern.
Filming has been underway for a few months now, and in a recent interview Lively spoke about the role and commented on how much stunt work she has been undertaking.
The adventure begins in the Vogue offices when I am bidden to look at the fittings shots of Blake Lively, which reveal a body sublimely toned for her upcoming role as Carol Ferris (a.k.a. ultravillain Star Sapphire) in Martin Campbell’s Green Lantern, based on the DC Comics superhero introduced in 1940. “All I want is to be a hero to my nephews and nieces,” Lively says, laughing. “I’m going to be the coolest aunt ever.”
Lively has been rehearsing with a stunt coordinator who works on the Bond movies and with gymnastic acrobats from Cirque du Soleil. “Our director likes it real—the fights close and dirty,” she explains, and for added veracity aerial stunts are being filmed in the rig created for The Matrix. “I’m 40 feet in the air, spiraling around. That’s the best workout you can ever do because it’s all core,” she tells me. “You do that for ten minutes and you should see your body the next day! It’s so exhilarating, so thrilling—and nauseating,” she adds, all of which promises to stand her in good stead for the surf experience to come.
In the comics the romance between Carol Ferris and Hal Jordan became complicated when an alien race bestowed her with the power of a crystal called the Star Sapphire. From the sounds of things Ferris won’t be just be a damsel in distress and may be getting in on some of the action herself.
As well as the two leads Green Lantern also stars Mark Strong as Sinestro, Peter Sarsgaard as Hector Hammond, Tim Robbins as Senator Hammond and Angela Bassett as Dr. Amanda Waller.