Casting News and Rumors
Last week it was confirmed Chris Pratt, aka Andy Dwyer from Parks and Recreation, will play Peter Quill/Star Lord in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Prior to his confirmed casting, Pratt was not mentioned in the long list of actors rumored to play the lead role in Marvel Studios sci-fi epic. While Pratt currently plays the child-like Andy on Parks and Recreation, he is no stranger to dramatic roles as he portrayed Scott Hatteberg in Moneyball and was in Zero Dark Thirty this year. This will be Pratt’s first lead-role in a super hero movie.
In other Marvel related movie news Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage has been cast to play the main villain in the Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of the Future Past. The next installment to the X-Men franchise features many returning actors from the previous films: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Anna Paquin and Shawn Ashmore, no confirmed reports on which character Dinklage will play.
On Friday, February 15, it was rumored Harrison Ford has signed on to reprise his role as Han Solo in Star Wars Episode VII. So far this is just a rumor, but it has stirred a significant amount of attention.
Geoff Johns steps down and Green Lantern line-up overhaul
All great things eventually come to an end. Similar to Ed Brubaker leaving Captain America after a historic run, Geoff John has confirmed he will be ending his momentous tenure writing for Green Lantern. Geoff Johns is best known for reviving the Silver Age Green Lantern Hal Jordan way back in 2004, and has since enjoyed many years of ongoing popularity. Johns is stepping down from the title to focus more on Co-Publisher duties with DC Comics.
Since Hal Jordan’s return to his ongoing Green Lantern series all Green Lantern related comics have gone up in sales, and his mainstream popularity and visibility lead to the live-action movie starring Ryan Reynolds and the Green Lantern Animated Series. From “Sinestro Corp War”, “Blackest Night”, and the “New 52”, Geoff Johns has been the flagship leader behind all of the Green Lantern stories for the past nine years. However, in May all Green Lantern titles will be getting a new creative teams signifying the end of a great era for Green Lantern.
Some fans are obviously sad to hear the Green Lantern titles creative overhaul, but many are thrilled to see an epic conclusion to Geoff Johns run. Currently, all Green Lantern comic books were the least effected from New 52, with creative transition in May fans can expect big changes in the summer.