Cooper, Reynolds, JT Vie For “Lantern”

UPDATE: It’s not yet locked but the decision has been made – Ryan Reynolds is the new Green Lantern.

Bradley Cooper, Ryan Reynolds and Justin Timberlake have made the shortlist to star as the titular superhero in “Green Lantern” for Warner Bros, Pictures says The Hollywood Reporter.

The studio has spent the past five months searching for the actor to play Hal Jordan, the hot-shot Air Force pilot who is chosen by a dying alien to be his successor in an intergalactic police force known as the Green Lanterns.

The trio beat out the likes of Michael Fassbender, Henry Cavill and Jared Leto for the final list and performed two rounds of screen tests.

Unfortunately producer Donald De Line, director Martin Campbell and the studio each had a different favorite among the three finalists, making it difficult to come to a consensus.

The holding deal on all three actors expired on Monday, meaning they are now free to hook up to other projects making a decision on the casting an urgent matter.

The $150-200 million space saga is scheduled to begin production at the end of this year in Sydney for release Summer 2011.