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Some recent big news is that Blake Lively has been cast as Carol Ferris in the Green Lantern movie. Naturally this has been getting a lot of reaction among fans and bloggers.
Valerie D’Orazio points out the issue of Ms. Lively’s age:
I’ll be honest, I saw more a brunette like Anne Hathaway, or perhaps even Jennifer Connelly playing the role. And yeah, I think age is a factor here as well as overall “look” – Lively being 22 and my conception of Ferris being somewhere in her late 20s/early 30s. Ryan Reynolds, who is playing Green Lantern, is 33. According to Hollywood, guys in their 3os & 40s are still vital and sexy, while there’s a preference for their female counterparts to be in their 20s. I’m not complaining, I’m just saying that’s the way it is – and this is why so many actresses, as they approach 30, drive themselves crazy and get plastic surgery and develop eating disorders, etc; it’s a business decision.
Tonedog of Agree to Disagree has issues with her acting talent:
A beautiful face is great and all, but really? Really? Acting ability should come into play. I’ve seen her work in Accepted starring Justin Long and Jonah Hill, as well as her work on “Gossip Girl”. I have to say I’m not thrilled.
Plus, does this make sense alongside Ryan Reynolds? I don’t think they match well. But who am I? Just a lowly blogger who loves movies, and comic books. I think Reynolds is too old for it to be believable. I think studios need to look at Jon Favreau’s technique and start casting some Oscar caliber actors.
While Myron Rumsey of the Blog of OA is willing to withhold judgment:
Members of the fan community have responded somewhat negatively to the news of the Lively’s casting, with most fans indicating a preference for Eva Green or Diane Kruger. I myself will reserve judgment since, as I mentioned in my earlier post about the subject, I haven’t really seen her in anything. My hope is that Lively looks a little older with dark hair. I have no reason to doubt director Martin Campbell’s judgment at this point, but he has had the benefit of seeing footage from the upcoming film “The Town” and obviously sees something in her that make him think that Lively is the right choice.
So what do you think?