The upcoming HBO Max series Green Lantern hasn’t had much in the way of new updates, but a recent report from Backstage seems to suggest that casting on the series has expanded.
The report from Backstage notes that the team behind the upcoming series is ready to look for additional casts after officially casting Jeremy Irvine as Alan Scott and Finn Wittrock as Guy Gardner, respectively. It’s unclear who else might be on the radar for the series, although there are plenty of iconic characters to pull from in the world of Green Lantern.
The report also mentions that production on the series is set to start sometime later this year in Los Angeles, although HBO Max did respond to a Screen Rant report noting that the filming information isn’t accurate, and there is no official update on timing as of now.
The Green Lantern series will depict the adventures of a multitude of Lanterns, including Guy Gardner, Jessica Cruz, Simon Baz, and Alan Scott — Earth’s first Green Lantern, who, true to the comics, is a gay man — and many more. The series will also include fan favorites such as Sinestro and Kilowog, and will also introduce new heroes to the ranks of the Green Lantern Corps.
The show’s official synopsis reads: “Green Lantern reinvents the classic DC property through a story spanning decades and galaxies, beginning on Earth in 1941 with the very first Green Lantern, secretly gay FBI agent Alan Scott, and 1984, with cocky alpha male Guy Gardner and half-alien Bree Jarta. They’ll be joined by a multitude of other Lanterns — from comic book favorites to never-before-seen heroes.”
Based on the character created by Bill Finger and Martin Nodell, the 10-episode series will be written and executive produced by Seth Grahame-Smith and Marc Guggenheim (Arrow) with Grahame-Smith also set as the showrunner. Executive producers are Geoff Johns, Sarah Schechter, David Madden, David Katzenberg, Elizabeth Hunter, and Sara Saedi.
Green Lantern’s first live-action adaptation was Martin Campbell’s 2011 film, which starred Ryan Reynolds as the titular hero. However, the film was poorly received by critics and fans and was a box-office failure after only bringing in $220 million worldwide on a $200 million budget.
Berlanti is also an executive producer on The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Batwoman, and Black Lightning for The CW. For DC Universe, he produces Titans, Doom Patrol, and Stargirl.