Yesterday AICN posted news that Justin Timberlake was apparently screen testing for Green Lanturn and that he is one of the guys that Warner Bros. have been seriously considering for the role. A few hours later The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the news, but they added two other names into the mix, Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) and Ryan Reynolds (X-Men Origins: Wolverine).
Warner Bros. is about to decide who will wear the super-powered ring in “Green Lantern,” the studio’s latest DC Comics tentpole movie.
Along with director Martin Campbell and producers Donald De Line and Greg Berlanti, Warners has spent the past five months searching for the actor to play Hal Jordan, the hot-shot Air Force pilot who is chosen by a dying alien to be his successor in an intergalactic police force known as the Green Lanterns.
This week, the race narrowed to Bradley Cooper, Ryan Reynolds and Justin Timberlake. The clock is ticking on the decision as the holding deal the studio had on the actors expired Monday, meaning the three are now free to accept other offers.
The studio ordered up two rounds of screen tests with Cooper, Reynolds and Timberlake. Other actors in the early mix included Michael Fassbender, Henry Cavill and Jared Leto.
Apparently, De Line, Campbell and the studio each had a different favorite among the three finalists, making it difficult to come to a consensus.
If I were to pick one out of the three it would be Bradley Cooper. While I like Ryan Reynolds he has Deadpool on the horizon and playing two superheroes in two different franchises wouldn’t be ideal (although maybe it would be for him $$$). Justin Timberlake will forever be Justin Timberlake, and while he may be a safer option for Warner Bros. due to his worldwide appeal and fame, it’s probably not the right option.