Green Lantern Production Begins Today!

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:28 pm,

green lantern filming 3d Green Lantern Production Begins Today!

Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment’s first ever live-action adaptation of the Emerald Knight is taking a big step forward today with the start of principal photography for Green Lantern. With that news also comes some final casting announcements for the supporting cast, including the actor who will play the part of passing the Green Lantern ring to Ryan Reynolds’ Hal Jordan.

According to On Location Vacations, Geoff Johns, recently named Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment, made a trip to the Green Lantern set in New Orleans and came back with nothing but praise. They’re now reporting that the official start day for the project is today and that they’ll be filming a bar scene at the Old Point Bar downtown.

Says Geoff Johns:

“Back from an amazing trip to Green Lantern town a.k.a. New Orleans!! Ryan IS Hal. And Mark Strong is going to be a brilliant Sinestro.”

As for casting the supporting characters for the film, Empire is reporting that they’ve chosen who will play fellow Green Lantern Abin Sur as well as who takes the part Hal Jordan’s best friend and co-pilot.

Temuera Morrison, who played Jango Fett and the clones in the second and third Star Wars prequels has been selected by director Martin Campbell to play Abin Sur, the alien who crash lands on Earth, passing the Green Lantern Ring to Ryan Reynolds’ character. In late January we got what may be our first look of the design of Abin Sur through some concept art that made its way online. Abin Sur is the character seen on the left below.



Abin Sur (left) and Tomar-Re (right)

The other actor who signed on is Taika Waititi (goes by Taika Cohen) who is lesser known but has dome some writing, directing and acting work, including helming a few episodes of the comedy series Flight of the Conchords.


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Taika Cohen (left) & Temuera Morrison (right)


Waititi and Morrison join Ryan Reynolds as the title character, Blake Lively as his love interest, Mark Strong as Sinestro, Peter Sarsgaard as the villain Dr. Hector Hammond, and Tim Robbins as the villain’s father, Senator Hammond.

With shooting for Green Lantern starting today the big question on everybody’s mind is how they’re going to be bringing the 3D element to the project; Will they shoot in 3D or add it in post like Warner Bros. quickly did for Clash of the Titans recently? For obvious reasons, I hope that if they’re adding the 3D for the higher ticket prices that they shoot from the beginning in that way. That being said, it’s cheaper for them to add it in post so I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s the route they take.

What are you thoughts on the project, casting and 3D?

Green Lantern opens June 17, 2011. Director Martin Campbell and his award-winning crew get to work today.

Share your thoughts in the comments and with us on Twitter @ScreenRant and @rob_keyes.

Sources: Empire, On Location Vacations

Header image edited from fan poster by joshwmc

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  1. There's only one thing I can possibly say to this news. Hell Yes! Go Green Lantern, Go!

  2. I think this is one of the few movies where 3D would serve it well especially if they shoot it in stereoscopic 3D from the start. I have been trying to embed a video in an article for a while and hope it to go best.

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  3. Woo hoo ! Go Green Lantern … Hal Jordan is the best Green Lantern !

    In brightest day, in blackest night,
    No evil shall escape my sight
    Let those who worship evil's might,
    Beware my power… Green Lantern's light!

  4. sorry, but I don't think I want to see Green Lantern in 3D … would make a mockery out of GL !

  5. Green Lantern is shaping up pretty nicely. I think it will be a great addition to the DC family.

  6. I'm okay with Morrison, but a part of me just thought they'd go with Jackie Earle Haley for Abin Sur because that's just HIM in the picture. Morrison will be fine, I'm sure, but putting 2 and 2 together led me to 5 it seems!

  7. I like Tim Robbins in 'Team America'.

  8. I like Matt Damon in 'Team America.'

  9. Good quoting

  10. I wonder they're picking to play Kilowog. That's my main concern

  11. Hopefully someone. Could be all CGI. lol

  12. Good Luck to Campbell and Co!

  13. I like Matt Damon in 'Team America.'

  14. Good quoting

  15. I wonder they're picking to play Kilowog. That's my main concern

  16. Hopefully someone. Could be all CGI. lol

  17. Good Luck to Campbell and Co!

  18. The Family of Hal Jordan needs to be casted to the filming of “Green Lantern” in New Orleans, LA like Martin Jordan, Jessica Jordan, Jack Jordan, and Jim Jordan. The actors will star in the Flashback scene when Hal Jordan was young ? and hope if the script mentions it. Ray Liotta can play Hal Jordan's Dad and he has the similar look to the comic version of Green Lantern's father. Also, Heather Locklear can also play Hal's mother Jessica Jordan in the Flashback scene when Hal was young ?

    The Older Brother Jack of Hal Jordan will be played by Taylor Lautner and his younger Brother Jim will be played by Jake Cherry “NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM” Part 1 & 2 in his childhood years. How does this choice sound ?