Green Lantern: DC Comics Starring Ryan Reynolds

June 10, 2009–Ryan Reynolds has been cast in the role of “Green Lantern,” the starring role in Warner's live-action film based on the DC Comics hero, which Martin Campbell will direct. Production is expected to begin in January.

Reynolds played Deadpool in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” a performance that prompted Fox to begin development on a spinoff film.  He then starred opposite Sandra Bullock in the romantic comedy “The Proposal,” which crossed the $100 million mark this week. 

Warners and Campbell chose Reynolds, who vied for the superhero role along with “The Hangover” star Bradley Cooper and Jared Leto.

Greg Berlanti wrote the script with Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green. Donald DeLine will produce with Berlanti. Reynolds’ reps at UTA are working out his deal.

The actor will next star in “Buried,” a dark indie drama that will begin filming in Barcelona with Spanish director Rodrigo Cortes. Reynolds will play a civilian contractor who is kidnapped in Iraq and awakes in a coffin, struggling to coordinate a rescue even though he doesn’t know where he’s buried in the desert.