New footage from this summer’s “Green Lantern” was unveiled at CinemaCon on Thursday — but those looking to catch a glimpse of Blake Lively as Carol Ferris were out of luck. While audiences were treated to plenty of Ryan Reynolds’ Hal Jordan clad in a cosmic green, Lively was not featured in any of the scenes shown.
“That’s exciting for me, though,” the 23-year-old said backstage at Las Vegas’ Colosseum, where the annual film industry conference was being held. I would not want to sit there and watch myself. I get too shy.”
Although Lively had a memorable big-screen part opposite Ben Affleck in the actor-director’s “The Town” last year, the actress is still primarily known for her leading role on the popular CW teen soap “Gossip Girl.” So landing a major role in a studio tentpole was a big deal, she admitted.
“It’s intimidating, because it’s a movie that has so much money and so many stakes — so many people are so invested in it,” she said. “But what made me want the role that much more is that my character is a strong, militant, powerful woman who really challenges Hal. They’re rivals and are always butting heads. She comes in and says, ‘Men are weak too.’ It was just a really special female counterpart in a superhero film.”
Even though the movie doesn’t hit theaters until June, Lively said she’s already envisioning where she might take the character of Carol Ferris if the movie is a success and spawns a franchise. As comics fans know, Ferris has an alter ego herself — the Star Sapphire, a powerful and deadly foe of the Green Lantern.
“In this film, Carol is completely human and on earth. But she turns into a villain in the later comics, so potentially if it became a franchise I’d get to explore that, which would be so much fun,” she said. “I would love that. What you don’t see [in this film] is when they’re kids. They’re each other’s first loves. Where the movie picks up, they’re ex-lovers. So there is that tension — that rivalry — but also that love. They’re each other’s soulmates.”
— Amy Kaufman in Las Vegas
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