Bradley Cooper & Jared Leto Auditioned For Green Lantern

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Guardians of The Galaxy star Bradley Cooper has revealed that he once auditioned for the role of 2011’s Green Lantern – a part that eventually went to Ryan Reynolds. However, more surprisingly, Justin Timberlake and Jared Leto also auditioned for the role.

Cooper, who is well-known for providing the voice to Rocket Raccoon for Marvel in James Gunn’s Guardians of The Galaxy, probably dodged a bullet. Back in 2009, The Hollywood Reporter reported that the studio also screen-tested Bradley Cooper (Guardians of the Galaxy), Justin Timberlake (Friends with Benefits), and Jared Leto (Suicide Squad) for the title role. Now all these years later, the story has surfaced again with new details.


“I did get a chance to try out for it, which was amazing to even get a chance,” Cooper told O’Brien back in 2009. “Ryan Reynolds got it—who, by the way, if I was directing the movie, I would cast him. He’s perfect. He actually looks like a superhero.”

While Timberlake and Cooper have both admitted to losing out on the role, Leto has never mentioned it. It also wasn’t the last time Leto was passed over for a superhero role. When Marvel’s doctor Strange was in development, Benedict Cumberbatch initially wasn’t available for the film. Director Scott Derrickson auditioned several other actors, including Joaquin Phoenix, Ryan Gosling, and Jared Leto. However, Derrickson ultimately waited for Cumberbatch to become available.

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