Taika Cohen (left) & Temuera Morrison (right)
Filming has officially started in New Orleans on the Warner Bros. superhero movie "Green Lantern," which stars Ryan Reynold's and the titular character.
With that news also comes some final casting announcements for the supporting cast. THR's HeatVision reports that two New Zealand actors have joined the cast, including the actor who will play the part of passing the Green Lantern ring to Reynolds’ Hal Jordan.
Temuera Morrison, who is perhaps best known for his role as Jango Fettwho in "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones," is playing Abin Sur, who passes a superpowered ring to Reynolds' character, test pilot Hal Jordan.
Taika Waititi - also known as Taika Cohen - will play Thomas Kalmaku, the best friend of Hal Jordan. Waititi is a well-known filmmaker and actor in his native New Zealand. He received an Oscar nomination for his short film "Two Cars, One Night" and has also directed an episode of "Flight of the Conchords."
In the comics, Hal Jordan is behind the wheel of a car accident that seriously injures his best friend. If that incident is being used in the film, then Waititi's character may be the one who is hurt in the crash.
The film tells the story of how Jordan is chosen to wield a mystical ring and join an interplanetary police force called the Green Lantern Corps.
Also in the cast are Blake Lively as love interest Carol Ferris, Peter Sarsgaard as villain Hector Hammond and Mark Strong as the hero's mentor Sinestro.
Directed by "Casino Royale's" Martin Campbell and starring Ryan Reynolds, the movie is to be released in 3D in June 17, 2011.
More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Sources: Screen Rant, The Geek Files, MTV News