Dream Casting is an imaginative look at the casting process of potential Hollywood projects based on comics and other media. This isn't just about what is being made; this is about what should be made, and who we think should be the stars.
With Justice League about to come out and the DC movie universe in full swing, there will definitely be a new Green Lantern movie, despite the failure of 2011's Green Lantern. The current plan is to release Green Lantern Corps in 2020, featuring multiple human Green Lanterns. There've been rumors, but no definite news on who will star.
So this week, I've made some picks for all the major human Green Lanterns (there are a lot these days), as well as some supporting characters who are bound to show up. I doubt all of these characters will make it into that first Green Lantern Corps movie, but with the DCEU expanding, they may all be around sooner or later.
Channing Tatum as Hal Jordan
Personally, I think the smart move would be to leave Hal Jordan out of the next Green Lantern movie. The previous attempt with Ryan Reynolds as Hal was a disaster, and John is the GL a whole generation remembers thanks to the Justice League cartoon. But if you are going to include Hal, which it seems likely they will, he needs to be played by the most charismatic actor in the world to make sure he's likable. Channing Tatum (Magic Mike XXL) is that actor.
Aldis Hodge as John Stewart
Aldis Hodge (Leverage) is another incredibly charismatic actor with a lot of action star potential, but he hasn't really broken into movies yet. A turn in the Green Lantern uniform might be just what he needs.
Jake Johnson as Guy Gardner
If you know Jake Johnson from The New Girl (or most of his other work, to be honest), you know he's great at playing a petulant dirtbag manchild. He can even do it without making you hate him. That's why he should play Guy Gardner.
Michael Trevino as Kyle Rayner
Kyle Rayner was at one time the last of the Green Lanterns, and I still find it a bit hard to define his character once all the previous Green Lanterns have come back. He's an artist, and I feel like it still makes sense for him to be the youngest. Michael Trevino (The Vampire Diaries) is also extremely good-looking, which might actually be the one thing that unites all of Earth's Green Lanterns.
Diane Guerrero as Jessica Cruz
Jessica Cruz has to overcome a lot in order to become a hero, and Diane Guerrero (Orange is the New Black) is an actor who can definitely handle that arc.
Haaz Sleiman as Simon Baz
Haaz Sleiman's career has never quite lived up to his breakout role in The Visitor, but he'd make a fantastic Simon Baz.
Denis O'Hare as Sinestro
From True Blood to American Horror Story to This is Us, Denis O'Hare has played a wide variety of characters, but they all tend to have a little camp to them. Sinestro, with his David Niven mustache, is a villain who demands a little camp.
Alison Brie as Carol Ferris
Alison Brie (GLOW) is mainly known for comedy, but she has such range as an actress that she can absolutely play Hal Jordan's love interest Carol as well as the supervillain that Carol sometimes becomes, Star Sapphire.
The Guardians of the Universe
A bunch of indistinguishable CGI aliens is absolutely the wrong direction to go with the Guardians. Instead, get a bunch of older genre veteran actors and actresses and color them blue. My top choices are Armin Shimerman (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones), Louis Gossett Jr. (Enemy Mine), and William Sanderson (Blade Runner), but there are lots of other options as well.