The Green Lantern cast spotlights Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively and Peter Sarsgaard. This info article contains spoilers for the 2011 movie (now streaming on Netflix). Check out the Know the Cast section for more Vague Visages streaming guides.
Green Lantern stars Ryan Reynolds as the titular superhero from DC Comics. The actor’s wife, Blake Lively, co-stars as the protagonist’s love interest, Carol Ferris. Martin Campbell’s 2011 adaptation follows Hal Jordan as he evolves into an intergalactic leader and tries to eliminate a baddie who feeds on fear. See below for a rundown of all the main players in Green Lantern.
Green Lantern Cast: Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern
Character Profile: A Ferris Aircraft Company pilot whose legendary father died in 1993. He’s revealed to be the successor of Abin Sur, the alien leader of the Green Lantern Corps. Hal learns to overcome his fears and insecurities, which allows him to fulfill his destiny as an intergalactic hero.
Reynolds’ Resume: Michael “Berg” Bergen in Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place (1998-2001), Van Wilder in Van Wilder (2002), Wade Wilson/Deadpool in the X-Men/Deadpool Movie Franchise (2009-), Andrew Paxton in The Proposal (2009), Michael Bryce in The Hitman’s Bodyguard Movie Franchise (2017-)
Green Lantern Cast: Blake Lively as Carol Ferris
Character Profile: The Ferris Aircraft Vice President. She admires Hal but worries about his questionable behavior. Carol falls in love with Reynolds’ protagonist when he focuses on being his best self as Green Lantern.
Lively’s Resume: Serena van der Woodsen in Gossip Girl (2007-12), Krista Coughlin in The Town (2010), Adaline Bowman in The Age of Adaline (2015), Nancy in The Shallows (2016), Stephanie Patrick in The Rhythm Section (2020)
Green Lantern Cast: Peter Sarsgaard as Hector Hammond
Character Profile: A xenobiologist and the son of a U.S. senator who has long admired Carol. He’s thrilled about being selected to examine an extraterrestrial being (Abin Sur), but then gets exposed to a yellow energy that amplifies fear. Hector’s face mutates, and he can see the memories of others.
Sarsgaard’s Resume: Mark in Garden State (2014), Clyde Martin in Kinsey (2014), Alan Troy in Jarhead (2005), Bobby Kennedy in Jackie (2016), Rick Mountcastle in Dopesick (2021)
Green Lantern Cast: Mark Strong as Thaal Sinestro
Character Profile: A leader of the Green Lantern Corps. He’s skeptical about Hal’s potential. Thaal’s comments inspire the human protagonist to prove him wrong.
Strong’s Resume: George in Zero Dark Thirty (2012), Merlin in Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017), Captain Smith in 1917 (2019), Dr. Sivana in Shazam! (2019), John the Valet in Cruella (2021)
Green Lantern Cast: Angela Bassett as Amanda Waller
Character Profile: A government agent. She hires Hector to examine an extraterrestrial being (Abin Sur). Amanda is nearly killed when Sarsgaard’s character gets sick and lashes out.
Bassett’s Resume: Betty Shabazz in Malcolm X (1992), Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to Do with It (1993), Various Characters in American Horror Story (2013-18), Ramonda in the MCU (2018-), Anna May in Gunpowder Milkshake (2021)
Green Lantern Cast: Tim Robbins as Robert Hammond
Character Profile: A U.S. senator. He informs Hector about the true reason for being hired to examine Abin Sur’s body. Robert is almost killed by his son at a party but gets saved by Green Lantern.
Robbins’ Resume: Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh in Bull Durham (1988), Griffin Mill in The Player (1992), Andy Dufresne in The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Dave Boyle in Mystic River (2003), Reginald “Pop” Merrill in Castle Rock (2019)
Green Lantern Cast: Temuera Morrison as Abin Sur
Character Profile: A Green Lantern leader who crash lands on Earth after being targeted by Parallax. He arrives to specifically name Hal as his successor. Abin Sur’s body is examined by the U.S. government and exposes Hector to yellow energy.
Morrison’s Resume: Jango Fett and Boba Fett in the Star Wars Franchise (1980-), Axel in Barb Wire (1996), Juliano in Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997), Tom Curry in Aquaman (2018), Powell in Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019)
Green Lantern Cast: Geoffrey Rush as Tomar-Re
Character Profile: One of the Green Lantern leaders at Oa. He teaches Hal how to use his powers.
Rush’s Resume: David Helfgott in Shine (1996), Philip Henslowe in Shakespeare in Love (1998), Barbossa in the Pirates of the Caribbean Movie Franchise (2003-), Lionel Logue in The King’s Speech (2010), Albert Einstein in Genius (2017)
Green Lantern Cast: Michael Clarke Duncan as Kilowog
Character Profile: A member of the Green Lantern Corps who trains Hal. He’s tough on the human but leads him in the right direction.
Duncan’s Resume: Bear in Armageddon (1998), John Coffey in The Green Mile (1999), Attar in Planet of the Apes (2001), Manute in Sin City (2005), Otis in Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins (2008)
Green Lantern Cast: Taika Waititi as Thomas Kalmaku
Character Profile: Hal’s best friend, an Inuit. He’s super excited to see his buddy transform from a regular human into a superhero. Thomas works as an engineer at Ferris Aircraft.
Waititi’s Resume: Director of What We Do in the Shadows (2014), Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and Jojo Rabbit (2019) — Also, Korg in the MCU and IG-11 in The Mandalorian
Green Lantern Cast: Clancy Brown as Parallax
Character Profile: The primary villain. He’s made of yellow energy and escapes from an intergalactic prison. Parallex feeds on the fear of others.
Brown’s Resume: Captain Hadley in The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Mr. Krabs in SpongeBob SquarePants (1999-), Waylon “Jock” Jeffcoat in Billions (2018-19), Montgomery Dark in The Mortuary Collection (2019), Stanley in Promising Young Woman (2020)
The Green Lantern cast also includes Jay O. Sanders (The Day After Tomorrow, Blindspot), Mike Doyle (City on a Hill, New Amsterdam), Nick Jandl (Nashville, Chicago Fire), Jon Tenney (Tombstone, True Detective) and Gattlin Griffith (Changeling, Labor Day).
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