Warner Brothers, still feeling the effects of the dismal first trailer for Green Lantern, has decided to beef up the summer release. First, the studio will deliver a new trailer with the release of Thor – one that promises to be better in terms of tone and look. Also, the film will get a boost by incorporating the vocals of Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush. He will voice a character that he’s had some experience with – that of a demanding teacher. But it won’t be as a speech therapist to Hal Jordan. The Aussie actor will be Tomar-Re, a bird-beaked alien looking like a cross between the Creature from the Black Lagoon and “Jerry” from Enemy Mine, who teaches Ryan Reynolds‘ character how to use his new cosmic powers in Martin Campbell‘s (Casino Royale, The Mask of Zorro) adaptation of the DC Comics’ character.
Rush’s character — introduced in the pages of DC Comics in 1961 — is a scientist on his home planet and almost spiritual in his tutelage of Jordan even if his reptilian-chicken visage might suggest someone more, um, peckish.
Skitch Commentary:Even though I have not seen The King’s Speech yet, I am a huge fan of Geoffrey Rush. This is a great casting choice! Just another reason I can’t wait to see Green Lantern!
In addition to Ryan Reynolds and Geoffrey Rush, the comic-book adaptation also stars Blake Lively, Mark Strong and Peter Sarsgaard.
The summer movie slate will go green with the arrival of Green Lantern in theaters on June 17th.