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Sam Worthington in Competition With Ryan Reynolds for 'Flash Gordon'

December 24, 2009 (4:34 am) GMT
The 'Avatar' actor and the 'Deadpool' star are reportedly up against each other to portray the superhero character in the upcoming Columbia Pictures' action movie.

After playing a wounded marine in "", could land his first superhero role. According to circulating rumor, the 33-year-old is in competition with to play the titular character in "", a remake of 1980 sci-fi film of the same title.

"Right now it's between Sam, Ryan Reynolds and one or two others for the lead role should the project actually get off the ground," a Hollywood insider told Hollyscoop. The insider additionally dished, "If he [Sam] gets the role it would be quite a big deal as Flash is an all-American hero."

Before playing Jake Sully in James Cameron's "Avatar", Sam Worthington has appeared in "". He will be next seen starring as Perseus in 2010 action fantasy "", which will be released in the U.S. on March 26, 2010.

As for Ryan Reynolds, the actor is famous for his roles in comedy films such as "", "", and "". The Canada-born actor is set to star as the major characters in superhero films "" and "".

Based on the classic strip originally drawn by Alex Raymond, "Flash Gordon" will center its story on an athlete who is, together with his lover, kidnapped and transported to the planet of Mongo by a mad scientist. In the strange planet, the three encounter adventures as well as dangerous situation as they try to save Earth from destruction done by the planet's evil ruler. Columbia Pictures has hired Breck Eisner to direct this action film.

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