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Blake Lively Is 'Green Lantern' Leading Lady

January 9, 2010 (4:41 am) GMT
The 'Gossip Girl' actress has been tapped to play the love interest of Green Lantern/Hal Jordan, which will be portrayed by Ryan Reynolds.
Blake Lively

Just ten weeks before it kicks off principal photography, "" found its leading lady. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. Pictures has tapped to star opposite , who is set to play the titular character in the upcoming superhero film.

The "" actress will play the role of Carol Ferris, a character who runs her father's aerospace company and hires cocky test pilot Hal Jordan, who later becomes intergalactic policeman Green Lantern. In the comics, Carol and Hal have a young romance which becomes complicated due to Hal's other identity and Carol's inheritance of the company from her father.

Interestingly, Lively's role called for a slightly older actress but she was chosen because the studio and filmmakers were impressed with her audition and her work in upcoming movie "", which stars . Moreover, the 22-year-old reportedly won the part over four other contenders, , , and .

The studio will next start the casting process for the roles of Dr. Hector Hammond, one of the key villains, and the alien known as Sinestro. Martin Campbell will serve behind the lens when this action film, which is scheduled for a June 17, 2011 release date in the U.S., starts shooting in Louisiana in March.

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