Nerdy Bird here, your one and only source into the scandalous lives of the superhero elite. Hal Jordan has a girlfriend! Her name is Blake Lively, she's only 22-years-old and, get this...she's a blonde. Couldn't you just dye! I mean, die! And what's going on with Thor, Spider-Man and Jonah Hex? I mean, get it together guys, you're supposed to know what you're doing.
Why am I talking like a Page Six columnist? You've probably heard by now, Carol Ferris has been cast for the upcoming Green Lantern flick and the actress is none other than Gossip Girl star, Lively. The Hollywood Reporter said the roll called for someone slightly older but the studio was impressed with her audition. Fans however, seem to be in an uproar about the casting saying Lively is too young and too blonde for the role. True, she looks closer to Hal's other gal pal, Cowgirl, but that's what wigs and hair dye are for.
Kerri Russel, Eva Green and Jennifer Garner were all said to have been considered to play Carol at one point but it's the youngster who gets to play opposite Ryan Reynolds. I would have preferred someone a little bit older and I've never seen Lively act but I'll tell you why I'm not up-in-arms. I like that she's not a big name actress. This is going to be Reynolds' movie and we all know it. To add to that, Carol isn't as vital to Green Lantern as say, Lois is to Superman or Mary Jane is to Spider-Man. Hal is out in space by himself, at least until the sequel when Carol gets that pretty pink stone (presumably). Hector Hammond, Abin Sur and Sinestro have yet to be cast but with production starting in just under two months you can expect word any day now.
Speaking of Spider-Man, what the hell are they doing? The fourth film in the franchise has given away their May 6, 2011 release date to Thor because according to THR, Sony and director Sam Raimi can't decide on a villain. Really? Shouldn't all of this have been decided a while ago now? "Like anything, it's a process," Maguire told THR. "We're just in the midst of the process. We have a lot of great stuff in terms of story and script. We're just trying to dial it in and get it ready as quickly as possible. Of course, these movies are a very big undertaking and take a lot more time than a drama or something more straightforward." Translation: We ain't got shit.
EDIT: Apparently John Malkovich just told the world he'll be playing Vulture in Spider-Man 4.
EDIT (Again): Spider-Man 4 is no more. Sam Raimi and Toby McGuire are out. The next Spider-Man film will be a complete reboot with script by Jaimie Vanderbilt. According to Deadline.com Raimi "felt he couldn't make its summer release date and keep the film's creative integrity." A statement from Raimi via THR, "Working on the Spider-Man movies was the experience of a lifetime for me. While we were looking forward to doing a fourth one together, the studio and Marvel have a unique opportunity to take the franchise in a new direction, and I know they will do a terrific job."
Meanwhile, Thor is having it's own issues. THR reports Stuart Townsend, set to play Fandral, has left the film because of "creative differences." Considering shooting begins today, it's a good thing they've already replaced him with Joshua Dallas. Babel actress Adriana Barraza also just joined the cast last week. The troubles aren't limited to Marvel, Warner Bros. is also having some difficulty. They're bringing the Jonah Hex cast back for re-shoots at the end of the month. "Although no test screenings have taken place, the studio has decided to work on story and action during the shoots, working in 12 pages of additional script mixed in with some re-shoots," says THR. People, this is no way to make movies.
If I hear any more juicy news, you'll be the first to know!