Sam Worthington vs. Ryan Reynolds for Flash Gordon?

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 4th, 2013 at 7:10 pm,

flash gordon logo Sam Worthington vs. Ryan Reynolds for Flash Gordon?

News on a new Flash Gordon movie has been scarce and we’ve not heard of any official developments since nearly a year and a half ago when Neil Moritz acquired the rights to the film and Breck Eisner was picked to direct. That changes this week as rumors surface of who is being looked at to play the lead role. Hollyscoop is reporting that an insider of theirs informed them that Sam Worthington and Ryan Reynolds are up for the role of Flash against two others.

For those unfamiliar with the classic sci-fi tale, the story of Flash Gordon takes place when our planet is hit with a meteor strike. We find out through the story that these meteors are weapons from the planet Mongo sent by Ming the Merciless, their evil ruler. Flash Gordon and friends make their way to the planet and adventure ensues.

The last on-screen appearance by the character was the Sci-Fi show (pre-SyFy), titled Flash Gordon which only lasted one season and didn’t meet the expectations of fans. We should see something a little better with this big budget feature.

In the original 1934 comic strip incarnation, Gordon was a polo player but in the 1980 cult film, he was a quarterback of the New York Jets. From what we know of the film project, it is going to be re-imagined and modernized, staying true to the feel of adventure.

The character is an American icon of sorts and so we can expect some friction with the fact that Worthington is Australian-born, the same friction we saw with rumors of Worthington being a possibility for the role of Captain America.

“If he gets the role it would be quite a big deal as Flash is an all-American hero… Right now it’s between Sam, Ryan Reynolds and one or two others for the lead role should the project actually get off the ground.”

To me, seeing Reynolds and Worthington as rumored candidates for the role of Flash Gordon doesn’t mean that much. Both of them are on that list of popular dudes discussed for every leading role out there. Also on that list are Star Trek’s Chris Pine and The Hangover’s Bradley Cooper who along with the aforementioned actors, are rumored for seemingly every upcoming action or comic book flick. Heck, they’re probably the other two actors that the “source” is referring to.

Ryan Reynolds may have his hands full with two potential superhero franchises in DC Entertainment’s Green Lantern movie and Fox’s X-Men Origins: Deadpool flick. Those movies require more than just a several-month shoot, but an abundance of press events to attend. Flash Gordon would be another that would require a hefty chunk of the actor’s time. However, it’s no surprise if they are looking at him as he’s got the fanbase, profile and qualities of a leading action and comedy star.

Worthington on the other hand solidified himself on the A-List last week with success of James Cameron’s Avatar and a leading role in the summer’s Terminator Salvation. He’s also got the Clash of the Titans coming in March and has signed for a few upcoming projects, while being mentioned for every other.

I really love both actors and I can’t say I’d be against either for the role. I think the only issue is whether they can actually take the role with them being hot commodities in Hollywood at the moment.

What do you think about a modernized Flash Gordon and who do you think should play the character?

Flash Gordon is aiming for a 2012 release.

Source: Hollyscoop (via Cinematical)

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  1. Will the remakes never end? If the original movie was complete dross, then fine, remake it, but leave good movies alone.

    I saw Jensen Ackles name mentioned above, he could be good in something like this, he needs to break onto the big screen in a major way.

  2. Actors are just acting it does not matter if they are american or not Sam should definately play Captain America he’s a perfect choice.

  3. Flash Gordon 1980 one of the top ten Best Sci-Fi space operas of all time
    Remake will be Lame

  4. Those who think you would just crank out something off Dino’s template are lamely thinking. No, you go back to the original story and rewrite it for its time. You stay as true as practical exclude the cheese corn, insert well placed money shots and show the current crop of power brokers how it should be done…

  5. I absolutely LOVED the 1980′s Flash Gordon movie, and the soundtrack was excellent. The effect were a bit cheesy, even for the time period, but it was still a fun and enjoyable movie. I am not, however, opposed to a remake (or retelling). I was one of the (very) few people who enjoyed the ill-fated series a couple of years ago. I wouldn’t mind seeing a new Flash story on the big screen. However, as much as I like Ryan Reynolds, I would rather see Sam Worthington in the role. Maybe Erica Durance as Dale?? Oh, Jeremy Irons as Ming!

  6. @ the old man, great idea re. setting and time. I wish they’d do something like that… an alternate world of 1930′s superscience, set against a backdrop of Great Depression reality. And then they get to Mongo…

    Come to think of it, Sam Worthington is too boyish too. I can’t really think of anyone who could do it, of our current crop of leading men. Christian Bale could do the gravitas, but Aaron Eckhart has the jawline. Maybe Bale could be further Aryanized, somehow?

  7. One band that I think would rock the hell out of a new Flash Gordan soundtrack and theme song would be the very underrated European Metal band called “Circus Maximus” or even “Statavarious” would do an awesome job.

  8. My bad I meant “Stratavarious”