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Green Lantern gets a Lively female lead

Posted by LiveFor on January 9, 2010

Blake Lively has landed the female lead opposite Ryan Reynolds in Warner Bros.’ Green Lantern according to THR.

Lively will play Carol Ferris, who runs her father’s aerospace company and hires cocky test pilot Hal Jordan (Reynolds), who later becomes Green Lantern. In the comics, the romance became complicated when an alien race bestowed her the power of a crystal called the Star Sapphire, but I doubt they’ll show that in the first film. You can see her as Star Sapphire in the pic below.

The search for the Martin Campbell-directed film’s leading lady was almost as intense as the one for its title star. Keri Russell and Jennifer Garner were reportedly among those in the mix for the role.

The role called for a slightly older actress but Lively, who stars in the CW’s “Gossip Girl,” impressed the studio and filmmakers with her audition. I make her as being about 22 which is a tad young for the character, but all depends how well she can act. I’ve never seen Gossip Girl so have no idea what she is like.

Warners was also impressed with her work in “The Town,” its adaptation of the gritty Chuck Hogan novel directed by Ben Affleck now in post-production.

The casting process will next turn its eye to the roles of Dr. Hector Hammond, one of the key villains, and the alien known as Sinestro.

Donald De Line and Greg Berlanti are producing the big-budget sci-fi movie, which is scheduled to shoot in Louisiana in March with an eye towards a June 17, 2011 release.

Is Lively a good choice for the role?

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