Green Lantern Corps: Common Wants to Star

Actor had been cast in the role for George Miller’s unmade Justice League movie.

Mad Max: Fury Road’s George Miller nearly directed a Justice League movie ten years ago. The film was cast and well into pre-production when Warner Bros. pulled the plug. Its cast included actor-recording artist Common as the Green Lantern, John Stewart.

While Miller’s Justice League ultimately didn’t pan out and Warners ended up making a Green Lantern movie featuring Hal Jordan instead, the studio is now developing a Green Lantern Corps movie, which will reportedly feature both Jordan and Stewart as co-leads.

IGN chatted with Common this past weekend for his new movie, John Wick: Chapter 2, during which time we asked him whether he’d still like a crack at playing John Stewart should the opportunity come back around.

“No, I haven’t spoken to DC. John Stewart, the character, is amazing. When I had the opportunity of potentially being John Stewart, when we were working, I learned how he was part of the Green Lantern Corps and all that he was doing. He was kind of community-driven so I felt like, ‘Oh, man, I love this character,'” said Common, who you may recall made a cameo as a criminal in last summer’s Suicide Squad movie.

“He used his mind to do a lot of things so I connected with him. I just love the character, but I don’t know, I haven’t talked to DC about it but, you know, hey! Yeah, I would love [to]. That would be an honor to play John Stewart.”

While there haven’t been any official rumblings on who Warners is eyeing for the role of John Stewart, the studio’s reported shortlist for Hal Jordanincludes Tom Cruise, Jake Gyllenhaal, Bradley Cooper, Armie Hammer (who was cast as Batman opposite Common in Miller’s Justice League), and Ryan Reynolds, who actually played Jordan in the 2009 Green Lantern movie.

Green Lantern Corps will be scripted by David Goyer and Justin Rhodes, with the story described as “Lethal Weapon in space.” DC’s Geoff Johns is exec producing the film, which is tentatively slated for a summer 2020 release. One director once rumored for the project? None other than one time Justice League helmer George Miller.

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