Anton Yelchin Denies ‘Green Lantern’ Rumors

The young actor says that he’s never even been approached about the role.

UPDATE: (7:34 AM PST) Ah, casting rumors - all too often, they turn out to be just that. Anton Yelchin, one of the stars of Terminator Salvation, has just denied the rumor that he was cast in the lead role of Green Lantern. Yelchin spoke to SCI FI Wire about the rumor while at Wonder-Con in San Francisco, CA.

"I had no idea about that," Yelchin said while discussing Terminator Salvation, where he plays the role of a young Kyle Reese. Bryce Dallas Howard chimed in, "He's like, where do these come from?"

"I have no clue," Yelchin continued. "I have no idea. I think I'm probably too young. I mean, no ones approached me, no one's said anything to me. So I imagine I'm just too young. I mean, it's a great character but i don't know anything about it. ... I haven't heard anything about it."

While we may not see Yelchin putting on Green Lantern's power ring, science fiction fans will see plenty of the young actor, both in Terminator Salvation, which opens May 21, and when he takes on the role of Chekov in JJ Abram's Star Trek, opening May 8, 2009.

Anton Yelchi
Anton Yelchi
With the news that Green Lantern has a director and a release date finally set, it makes sense that talk would go to casting, and seeing who would take up the power ring of the cosmic superhero. According to our friends at LatinoReview, Anton Yelchin may be in the running for the role.

Apparently the role has already been considered and rejected for nearly every male actor under thirty in Hollywood, with Ryan Gosling and Emile Hirsch both passing on the part.

Yelchin seems a little young to be taking on the part of Hal Jordan, who even before he becomes a superhero is already a seasoned test pilot, but he could certainly endear himself to sci-fic/action film fans depending on how well he does in Terminator Salvation and Star Trek.

Green Lantern was released June 17th, 2011 and stars Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Temuera Morrison, Jenna Craig, Jon Tenney, Mike Doyle. The film is directed by Martin Campbell.

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  1. J.A.Ottley.Writer / Director

    I think Yelchin read the posts on movie web, lmao.

    So if a release date has been set and no casting decisions in solid stone, where does this leave the green ring of Green Lantern.

    Drop cliffhanger
    Ba Ba Bummmmmmmmmmmm

    6 years agoby @chronicFlag

  2. Diaigma

    I guess you're right, aeinhorn. However, I'd rather have solid facts over speculation. That's just me. Post whatever you like, Movieweb. I shant interfere with the first amendment. Marcusx, buddy. I'm not catching what you're pitching. Throw the ball again.

    6 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  3. brew1701

    ok good he is too young. and movieweb dont stop posting anything, its your job to post news, and if you noticed, they put question marks after alot of articles becuase they just may end up being false.

    6 years agoby @brew1701Flag

  4. aeinhorn

    You say "stop posting rumors" - but if the rumor had turned out to be accurate and MovieWeb didn't cover it, you'd be saying "Way to drop the ball." Covering casting rumors is a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation.

    6 years agoby @aeinhornFlag

  5. Marcusx

    See what i mean? f*cking told you

    6 years agoby @marcusxFlag

  6. Diaigma

    Thank goodness. Stop posting rumors Movieweb!

    6 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  7. T.Clark

    You have a point Comrade. I don't mind as much, though, since it's out of continuity.

    6 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  8. Twisted Smile

    I got the damn date wrong! There goes that joke!

    You know,I have a love hate relationship with movie rumors.On one hand it is fun to examine the "WHAT IF" scenerio and on the other hand they turn us into angry men and women bent on destroying each other for haveing a different opinion.

    For now it is quiet,but tomorrow a new rumor will come and where will you be and what will you say?

    6 years agoby @twistedsmileFlag

  9. Vamp

    Twisted Smile... You've got too much time on your hands. lmfao!

    6 years agoby @vampire2000Flag

  10. Twisted Smile


    On Sunday March 11th, TWISTED SMILE the actor cast to wear the ring of Hal Jordan, walked off the project due to unknown reasons.

    Sources close to the project said Twisted was becomeing worried about committing to such a huge franchice. Other's claim he was making odd contract requests that included a village of mushroom houses for his blue friends.

    "He kept asking for some of the weirdest sh*t....what the hell is a bananna apple....WHAT IS IT?!?!"said a source.

    This is just another set back for this film that has yet to begin shooting.

    Stay right here for more updates.

    6 years agoby @twistedsmileFlag

  11. Vamp

    Now all you Green Lantern fanboys can calm down. lmfao. That was a joke, of course, but you CAN calm down at any rate. XD!

    6 years agoby @vampire2000Flag

  12. Brainiac

    oh and u practically quoted Miller's Batman in "All Star Batman and Robin" the line about him having one of the most powerful weapons in the universe and only usin it for w/e. that is directly from one of those issues.

    6 years agoby @thebdFlag

  13. Brainiac

    Monkey03 u sound dumb. look at the origins of any comic character and they were corny at first. i mean Batman ran around with a smile and had bad puns when he was first introduced. same goes for Green Lantern, he used boxing gloves or w/e back when but now is bad ass and a well developed character.

    monkey03 u clrearly haven't read any Green Lantern recently.

    6 years agoby @thebdFlag

  14. -comrade-

    That is not Batman. Miller has lost his touch. I think The Spirit was indicative of that.

    6 years agoby @taberjohnson18Flag

  15. -comrade-

    I was expecting a Batman who took himself and what he was doing seriously. I don't mean he was intense, he was just a douchebag. Like, the line "I'm the f*cking Batman!" Is ridiculously out of character. He's not a brawler. He's a detective with fighting skills. He punches Robin for christ's sake.

    6 years agoby @taberjohnson18Flag

  16. Twisted Smile

    Man, I step away for a day and everybody gets angry. I also believe if someone is not willing to pick up one of the fine Green Lantern books, like the ones Comrade has mentioned,and educate themselves on the charcter than they cannot fully give a valid opinion on the charcter.

    6 years agoby @twistedsmileFlag

  17. T.Clark

    Were you expecting a nice Batman?

    6 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  18. -comrade-

    Look, Green Lantern is kind of like black licorice, you either love the character or hate him. It's not like Aquaman, who sucks dick all the time.
    If you're going to equate The Green Lantern to a guy who makes big boxing gloves and buckets, you're clearly ignoring thirty subsequent years of storytelling that occur after the character's ridiculous nascency. The Geoff John's story is a great line. Rebirth has to be one of the better comics stories I've read in the past ten years. Just recently, Secret Origins came out, it's a really nicely done book. Also, Justice League: Year One is worth checking out.

    6 years agoby @taberjohnson18Flag

  19. -comrade-

    All Star Batman was a piece of sh*t. It just shows that Miller is losing his sensibility as a writer to his own bloodlust. Batman in that series is more of a dick than Wolverine.

    6 years agoby @taberjohnson18Flag

  20. T.Clark

    All Star Batman and Robin is out of continuity and is a separate story reinventing Batman and Robin's early years from the mind of Frank Miller. It's a great comic, but it is not a fair example of what makes Hal Jordan great

    6 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  21. brew1701

    ahh not sure bout this one i think he's too young dont see him in the part. and as for GL(hal jordan)he is a very powerful character that is not a p*ssy. If anybody is the most useless and stupid of characters in all comics is Aquaman, I think you shold do some more research on DC characters there monkey 03

    6 years agoby @brew1701Flag

  22. tyler13d

    I don't know much about Green Lantern but I sure enjoyed it when he got his ass handed over to him by a kid - albeit a combat fenzied sidekick - in one of the 'All Star Batman and Robin' issues (one of the lates but beats me which one precisely). Thanks Frank Miller. You might like that one monkey 03...

    6 years agoby @tyler13dFlag

  23. aeinhorn

    deadsoulblade, There have been numerous characters wearing the power ring of Green Lantern. The one you're thinking of - John Stewart from the Justice League cartoons - is a black man. But the first GL in comics was a white guy named Alan Scott, then when they reinvented Green Lantern with the whole Lantern Corps and the interstellar cop angle, they went with a white guy named Hal Jordan. John Stewart (along with Kyle Rayner and Guy Gardner) are people who have been the Green Lantern of Earth at various times when Hal was unable to serve.

    6 years agoby @aeinhornFlag

  24. deadsoulblade

    I thought the Green Lantern was black?

    6 years agoby @deadsoulbladeFlag

  25. T.Clark

    monkey03: read the current Green Lantern ongoing series by Geoff Johns, you'll change your mind

    6 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  26. furyofthefilmfan

    Yelchin???? Thats the best you got for Hal Jordan?? If you're gonna cast a relatively unknown actor then you might as well just get an unknown that at least LOOKS like hal jordan I mean jesus christ you might as well just get Jack Black for the role if you don't care.

    6 years agoby @furyofthefilmfanFlag

  27. monkey03

    Hal Jordan is Craptacular, don't know why people praise him. He's gotta be the DUMBEST chaaracter ever in comics, although the concept of the Gl Corps is kick-ass Hal Jordan has proven himself stupid over the years.. I mean, he has (by far) One of the most powerful weapons on the universe, and all he seems possible to make with that so-called power ring of his are BOXING GLOVES and WATER-FILLED BUCKETS.

    So, i'll respecfully ask for one of you to step up and tell me why is he so f*cking amazing?

    6 years agoby @monkey03Flag

  28. Brainiac

    he is the guy in the picture above, duh.

    really thought he was Charlie Bartlett, the kid that got kidnapped in Alpha Dog, he is in the new Star Trek. he is a definite up and coming actor, but he just isn't right for this part.

    David Boreanez would be fine, not my number one choice but he is ok, Nathan Fillion could pull it off i guess, but i think he would need to get ripped. my top choice is still Josh Duhamel.

    and i actually still think Scott Porter would be ok as Flash, i mean he is at least in his late 20's and is relatively built.

    6 years agoby @thebdFlag

  29. CelluloidDreams

    WHO THE HELL IS Anton Yelchin!??!?? ANYBODY!!

    6 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  30. -comrade-

    Scott Porter, anyone?
    Nate Fillion would be good. He doesn't look that bad VIS. He has plenty of character (the right kind) to pull off Hal Jordan. Six years ago though.
    They've gotta go young and good.
    If he wasn't so good at choosing roles (i.e. he'll probably stay away form this one because it's not a "serious" film) but, Leonardo DiCaprio would be excellent.

    6 years agoby @taberjohnson18Flag

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