Finn Wittrock Lands Leading Role In HBO Max Series ‘Green Lantern’
Finn Wittrock may have a bottle of red hair dye in his future as it’s announced the ‘American Horror Story’ and ‘Ratched’ star will take the role of Guy Gardner in the upcoming ‘Green Lantern‘ series on HBO Max.
Based on the DC comic books, the series will span decades and galaxies, beginning on Earth in 1941 with the very first Green Lantern, secretly gay FBI agent Alan Scott, and 1984, with cocky alpha male Gardner and half-alien Bree Jarta. They’ll be joined by a multitude of other Lanterns – from comic book favourites to never-before-seen heroes.
The character of Guy Gardner first appeared in 1968 and was created by John Broome & Gil Kane. However, he was altered quite dramatically by Steve Englehart and Joe Staton in the 80s as a jingoistic parody of an ultra-macho “red-blooded American male”, and it is that version which really stuck around. This tv version of Guy Gardner is described as a hulking mass of masculinity, and, as rendered in the comics, an embodiment of 1980s hyper-patriotism. And yet, Guy is somehow likeable.
Finn Wittrock is probably best known for his roles in Ryan Murphy’s ‘American Horror Story’ and the Netflix series ‘Ratched’. He also starred in Murphy’s ‘American Crime Story’, Showtime’s ‘Masters of Sex’, and ABC soap ‘All My Children’. On the film side, he appeared in ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’, ‘La La Land’, and ‘The Big Short’.
The 10-episode hourlong series is written and exec produced by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Seth Grahame-Smith, with Grahame-Smith also serving as showrunner. Geoff Johns, Sarah Schechter, David Madden and David Katzenberg also exec produce, with Elizabeth Hunter and Sara Saedi as co-exec producers. Berlanti Productions produce the series in association with Warner Bros. Television.
‘Green Lantern‘ Season 1 will premiere on HBO Max in the USA. We have no idea where it may land in the UK, as the DC superhero shows have been spread across Sky One, E4, Netflix and Amazon, so any of those are a possibility! If you want to keep track of this show you can add it via our Never Miss system, and you’ll be notified when it gets a UK premiere date.
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