Just a couple of weeks ago, we reported that Tyrese Gibson had sat down a couple of times to meet with Warner Brothers about possibly playing John Stewart, one of the leads in 2020’s ‘Green Lantern Corps’. Gibson is a fan favorite with loads of support on the internet and is a well-known face from the hit franchise ‘Fast & Furious’, not to mention many previous roles.
In his discussion of playing the role, Gibson mentioned, “I do believe that there needs to be more black superheroes out there.” It’s a fact, super hero comics, even in this day and age are populated largely by Caucasian characters. Hollywood is somewhat more balanced, meaning that there are a lot more recognizable black actors out there that may be interested in playing a super hero than there are crime-fighting roles.
Along those lines, another actor has thrown his name out for consideration. Check out this image from his Instagram:
The actor in question is Lance Gross, who was previously under consideration for the lead in Marvel/Netflix’s ‘Luke Cage’, which ultimately went to Mike Colter. Despite not landing ‘Cage,’ Gross seems determined to play SOME super hero.
Gross recently appeared in a recurring role on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, after starring as the lead on the short-lived NBC espionage drama ‘Crisis.’ While not a huge name, he has had a rather lengthy television career, popping up on a variety of shows and TV movies, including the star-studded 2012 remake of ‘Steel Magnolias’ with Alfre Woodard, Queen Latifah and Phylicia Rashad and the Tyler Perry-directed suspense thriller ‘Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor’ with Vanessa Williams, Brandy Norwood and, um, Kim Kardashian.
But ‘Cage’ may have been a more realistic goal. While some of the actors associated with the Marvel/Netflix shows are more recognizable than others, none is a major star. Warner Brothers may want a more familiar face for a feature film. Then again, Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot were near unknowns before their heroic castings, so who knows?
Are you familiar with Gross’ work? Would he work on the big screen as Green Lantern?
Source: Cinema Blend