HBO Max‘s Green Lantern series has begun casting as character descriptions have made their way online. One of the most highly anticipated DC TV shows in the near future is Greg Berlanti‘s upcoming Green Lantern series that will give the Arrowverse creator a second go with the Emerald Knight. After the 2011 film didn’t end up being what he had envisioned, the prolific TV/Film producer is finally getting a second chance to explore the Green Lantern Corps on-screen. The project recently made a huge progression as HBO Max officially ordered it to series with a 10-episode order for the first season.
Berlanti will executive produce along with the showrunner Seth Grahame-Smith that will explore multiple characters from the comics. As part of the announcement, HBO Max revealed that Green Lantern will feature Alan Scott, Jessica Cruz, Simon Baz, Guy Gardner, as well as Sinestro. A neat addition to the series is that it’ll focus on multiple timelines which will be refreshing for the DC TV landscape. While a lot of details are still being kept under wrap, the show is aiming for a 2021 release, most likely somewhere within Q3 of next year. With HBO Max officially making Green Lantern part of its line-up for original programming, casting is now underway.
In a new report from The Illuminerdi, casting calls have gone out for some of the main players that will be featured in Green Lantern. While no casting descriptions have come out for Simon, Jessica, and Sinestro, The Illuminerdi did reveal the details for what they’re looking for with Alan, Guy, as well as a brand new character that the TV show is creating: Bree Jarta. The character descriptions, which can be found below, reveal some intriguing plot details for the cast as well as some of the plots that Green Lantern will tackle.
Guy Gardner: White Male, 30’s. A hulking mass of masculinity, as rendered in the comics. Guy is a personification of the hyper-patriotism found in the 1980’s that birthed Hulk Hogan and Rambo. However, Guy is still likable. He might act foolish, but he is not a fool. Guy loves his daughter and wife with all of his hard-partying, fast driving, hot tempered heart. But like many alpha males, there is a deep undercurrent of pain driving it all.
Bree Jarta: Black, Female, 30’s. Few Lanterns take their commitment to the Corps and it’s purpose more seriously than Bree. Bree is half-human and it’s the half she’s worked hard to forget. Bree has an alien mother and a human father. However, she was raised on a more enlightened planet with an advanced society. Bree outworked her peers and earner her Ring only to find herself partnered with Guy Gardner.
Alan Scott: White Male, 28 years old. From the outside, Alan is the model of early 1940’s. The image of a G-Man. Alan is handsome, clean-shaven and well dressed without a hair out of place. He has spent his young life trying to personify truth, justice, and the American Way. He is already a household name in L.A. and is seen as hero thanks to positive press coverage. However, for all of Alan’s honesty, there is one huge lie that follows him. He is a gay man. A fact that, in his era, could cost him his job, or even his life.
In Alan’s case, it reaffirms that one of the timelines that Green Lantern will explore is the 1940’s, which is when the Golden Age Green Lantern was created. With DC having made him homosexual in The New 52, it’ll be a big arc for the show, especially in the time where Alan is at. Guy’s description sounds very accurate to how he’s depicted in most iterations in the comics. Then there is Bree who is an interesting addition to the project. The description confirms that she’ll be working closely with Guy while dealing with the politics of her homeworld.
While Green Lantern had already revealed that there’ll be a lot of diverse representation, it’s incredibly positive to see that they’re bringing more people of color to the show besides Simon and Jessica. The official series synopsis confirmed that they’d introduce “new heroes to the ranks of the Green Lantern Corps” so the creation of Bree makes perfect sense. Hopefully, details will soon emerge on what viewers can expect from Simon, Jessica, Sinestro, and Kilowog in the DC drama. If the casting department finds their stars quickly, fans may know who will star in Green Lantern before 2020 is over.