For several months, Tyrese Gibson has been campaigning all over social media for the role of John Stewart in the Green Lantern reboot, Green Lantern Corps. Even during Comic-Con, when the title was announced, rumors began flooding the internet that Chris Pine and Tyrese were top of the list for Hal Jordan and John Stewart, respectively.
Now, in an interview with Collider, Tyrese has confirmed that he has indeed had meetings with Warner Bros. about the upcoming film, set to be released in 2020. If cast, he would join a long list of superheroes in WB/DC’s newly forming DCEU (DC Extended Universe) including Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and The Flash (Ezra Miller).
Tyrese sat down with Collider during the Blu-ray junket for Furious 7 in Abu Dhabi and was asked about his possible role in Green Lantern Corps, where he talks about how this whole thing got started and confirms that he’s met with the studio already about the project:
“Well I was innocent from the beginning. I was at home eating a bowl of Lucky Charms in my drawers, my ugly feet were out, and I got about six direct messages on Instagram with photos of me as the Green Lantern. This particular fan who did this fan art said that there was a community of people that had been talking for like a month and a half about who they think would be the best Green Lantern and they all picked me. I said to them, ‘I took the oath, and I am going to commit myself to this process of seeing what’s possible.’”
“I’ve already had a couple of meetings at Warner Bros., so we’ll see what happens. I do believe that there needs to be more black superheroes out there, but that’s not even my motivation. I think I would be the best Green Lantern and based on my fans and supporters that spent around $6 billion in box office receipts, I feel like there’s a fanbase of fans out there waiting to see me put on this green suit and do my thing. So I would love to confirm something today but I can’t. We’ll just keep following up.”
His statement about needing more black superheroes is definitely true, and I for one would be interested to see how he would take a role like this and make it his own. No details about the film, other than its title, have been released, but as soon as they are we will let you know, so keep an eye out for all the latest news.
Green Lantern Corps is set for release in 2020.