The new Green Lantern series, to be released on HBO Max, has cast Jeremy Irvine as Alan Scott, a gay superhero who was Earth’s first Green Lantern. Irvine announced the news on May 26 on his Instagram. He captioned the post, “Very excited to be joining the DC Universe!! Can’t wait to get started”, reports Variety.
When the Green Lantern series was teased in 2019, there was speculation regarding which of the comic book characters the series would follow. According to Variety, the series is set to follow Alan Scott, Earth’s first Green Lantern who is also gay in canon. Irvine will star alongside Finn Wittrock who will play Guy Gardner.
The series will span over decades and begin on Earth in 1941. The series will jump to 1984 where audiences will be introduced to Guy Gardner. HBO Max has ordered 10 one-hour episodes of Green Lantern, reports Variety. The series is co-written and executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Seth Grahame-Smith and Marc Guggenheim, with Grahame-Smith serving as showrunner.
Irvine has carved a name for himself in the film industry starring in feature films such as War Horse, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and Railway Man. Irvine also played a lead role in Stonewall, the 2015 film about the Stonewall riots in New York City.