Abin Sur Cast

The Green Lantern cast is expanding. According to Empire Online, New Zealander Temuera Morrison (Jango Fett from the Star Wars prequels) is playing Abin Sur, the alien who crashes on Earth and passes his ring to test pilot Hal Jordan (played by Ryan Reynolds). Taika Waititi (apparently also known as Taika Cohen) who starred in and directed comedy fave Eagle vs Shark is playing Jordan’s best pal (assumedly that’d be mechanic ┬áThomas Kalmaku, from the comics).

Filling out the main cast is Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes) as Sinestro, Blake Lively (Gossip Girl) as Carol Ferris and Peter Sarsgaard as Hector Hammond. It started filming today, in New Orleans and is directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale).

Green Lantern opens June 17 next year. With Marc Guggenheim (Flash) and Michael Green (Superman/Batman) as co-writers lending the film some solid comic book credibility, this could be the film to prove that Warner Bros. know how to make a good film based on a DC Comics character who doesn’t have pointy ears and an annoyingly gruff voice.