After rumors emerged that she was up against the likes of Eva Green and Diane Kruger for the role, Warner Bros. has confirmed that Blake Lively will star opposite Ryan Reynolds in the DC Comics blockbuster Green Lantern.
Lively will play Carol Ferris, the Lantern's love interest and the daughter of an aerospace mogul who hires the pilot Hal Jordan (aka Green Lantern).
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The report indicates that Lively's Ferris will be faithful
to her comics counterpart, who has some skills of which Serena van der Wooden could only dream: Carol "runs her father's aerospace company" and hires Jordan, and in the comics she even does some flying of her own.
The role was reportedly aimed at a slightly older actress, but MTV reports that Lively impressed the studio with her audition and her work in the the
more adult-themed drama The Town.
Lively's selection as
the female lead in Green Lantern
now opens the door for the film's next casting decisions:
the villains Hector Hammond and Sinestro.
The film is set to open in June of 2011, and here's hoping it does well enough to merit a sequel or two: in the later Green Lantern
comics, Ferris develops super skills of her own and eventually battles Green
Lantern as "Star Sapphire."