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The search for the Hal Jordan role in Green Lantern Corps is starting to thin, as DC Entertainment just announced their shortlist for the character. Though it’s still early, they've managed to tell The Wrap about their casting process, aiming for actors, Tom Cruise, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, Armie Hammer, Bradley Cooper and Joel McHale for the role of Hal Jordan. If the current list is true, then we'd need to see why these actors qualify, before the Green Lanterns take flight in 2020.

Let's see:

Tom Cruise

This man has had numerous action roles within his career. The list extends from the Jack Reacher series, to his most popular franchise, Mission Impossible. If you haven't noticed, he's one to be easily picked for an action role. I mean, seriously, look at again in the upcoming Mummy reboot. He's still on a steady, unstoppable, action-fueled run in his long career and has even expressed his interest about the comic-book superhero, saying:

he has never played a comic-book superhero before, though he does anchor the “Mission Impossible” and “Jack Reacher” action franchises.

Jake Gyllenhaal

The Oscar nominee, has had a run in with action films. Fans would most likely link him to Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, before mentioning his thriller film, Source Code. Gyllenhaal is even a fan favorite for the role, and was spotted simply defending the entire superhero genre:

“Superhero movies have inspired me. I remember when I saw ‘Thor” I was really inspired. There’s a reason for myth. They are so moving and so important…. Sometimes I’m in a scene playing what people might interpret as a sociopath and I’m thinking of ‘Thor,'”

He's even had success in the Academy nominated psychological thriller Nightcrawler, as well as the crime-thriller, Prisoners. The latest film he took on, was the Golden Globe winning film, Nocturnal Animals.

Ryan Reynolds

Okay, looking back at the success of the previous installment of Green Lantern would have taken off of the table. Now, with the soaring success of Fox's Golden Globe nominated film, Deadpool, it seems he's back in the mix for the Hal Jordan consideration. Would this be the best idea? Maybe not, especially with Reynolds contract with Fox already keeping him busy with another Deadpool film. Let's not even think about the possible hassle it would take for Warner Bros. to share him with Fox, but if the shoe still fits, they should definitely wear it.

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Armie Hammer

This guy has trolled the internet across multiple platforms, right after his rumored casting for a DC character role. I, for one, believe he has already hit the nail on the head for the humor of . His wit would surely place him with Ezra Miller (The Flash), so they can share that special dynamic both characters have in the comics and animated films, but his stature would put him above and . It's uncertain if that would harm his chances for the role, but basing things off of fans reactions, it wouldn't matter one bit.

Bradley Cooper

He is still a hot commodity and continues to find success in various films. For an action role, took on the films Limitless and Hit and Run, with his Guardians of the Galaxy voice-over hanging in the back. Though he isn't physically in the movie, playing Rocket still binds him to Marvel which, again, is another contract obligation. Now, with Vol. 2 heading towards theaters, it could open the time for him to play another comic-book character, but only if Marvel allow it.

Joel McHale

He doesn't have much of a list for action movies, but what does have is a brief role in films, Spider-Man 2, Spy Kids and television series, Sons of Anarchy. The comedy film, Ted, is definitely a plus to have, which has also earned a huge box-office when it was in theaters. That, plus hosting his own comedy talk show for 11 years, could have made McHale a strong candidate.

The list isn't long, but the actors occupying it certainly are huge names in the movie industry. That could be the reason DC Entertainment picked them for the role, which should be coming to an end soon since Green Lantern is due for a cameo in the team-up film. For now, we just have to see how things turn out before November 17th, when Justice League hits theaters. The Green Lantern Corps film is still set to land on July 24, 2020.

Source: The Wrap


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