“Green Lantern” adding an Oscar-caliber voice

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: There has been so much talk, up to this point, about “Thor” and “Captain America” – Marvel’s two superhero epics invading multiplexes this summer – that it’s almost easy to overlook the fact that Warner Bros. and DC have a Green Lantern adaptation on deck for June.

But that should change as we get closer to release date, starting with a bit of important casting news that’s expected to break Thursday morning.

Casting news? How is that possible? “Green Lantern” has to be finished if it’s about to be released in June, right? Well, yes, but what we didn’t know was who would be lending their voice to Tomar-Re, the extraterrestrial who teaches Ryan Reynolds’ hero how to harness the power of the Green Lantern.

Turns out, it’s going to be Geoffrey Rush. Fresh off his Oscar nomination for “The King’s Speech,” Rush will speak for Tomar-Re in the Martin Campbell-directed blockbuster. Tomar-Re, according to the L.A. Times, is a “member of the Green Lantern Corps, the intergalactic peace-keeping force that gets its first earthling member in Hal Jordan (Reynolds). 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.”

“Green Lantern” will be in theaters on June 17. It opens opposite Jim Carrey’s family comedy “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” but also falls in the lull between “Thor” (May) and “Captain America” (July). Which is probably a great idea.

In the meantime, here’s the most recent trailer:

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