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Taika's new role in movie 'Green Lantern'

Postby 4everconchordsfan » Mon Mar 15, 2010 4:37 am

March 14, 2010

'Green Lantern' taps two Kiwi actors (exclusive)

Kiwi filmmaker-actor Taika Waititi, and Kiwi actor Temuera Morrison, best known as Jango Fett from the "Star Wars" movies, have joined the cast of Warner Bros. "Green Lantern".

Production begins this week in New Orleans on the 3D feature, which sees Martin Campbell directing Ryan Reynolds as the DC superhero.

Waititi plays the best friend of Hal Jordan, the test pilot who comes to wear the super-powered ring of the interplanetary police force known as the Green Lantern Corps.

Morrison is playing Abin Sur, a member of the Corps who is instrumental in Jordan becoming the superhero.

Donald De Line and Greg Berlanti are producing. The movie is set for a June 17, 2011 release.

Waititi, repped by CAA, first gained attention for writing and directing "Two Cars, One Night," which earned him an Oscar nomination in 2005. His first feature, "Eagle vs. Shark," won him best screenplay at the US Comedy Arts Festival and landed him work directing episodes of "Flight of Conchords."

Waititi continued his indie career with "Boy," which after three years of development, premiered at this past Sundance Film Festival. It was "Boy" that caught the attention of Campbell and Warners, which led to him being cast in "Lantern."

Morrison, repped by Abrams Artists, recently wrapped the New Zealand-made thriller "Tracker" with Ray Winstone.

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Re: Taika's new role in movie 'Green Lantern'

Postby Red » Mon Mar 15, 2010 4:49 am

Wow! Go Taika! :cheer: This is kind of a big deal and totally explains all his tweets from New Orleans. This sounds so mainstream and he's going to get a lot of exposure from it. I just wish they had done better than Ryan Reynolds. At least the whole cast is easy on the eyes even if its does turn out to be your standard super hero flick.
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Postby vmh » Mon Mar 15, 2010 7:23 am

Very cool. I'm thrilled for Taika!
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Postby Great H » Mon Mar 15, 2010 8:36 am

It DOES explain all those tweets from New Orleans!
I love seeing kiwi faces in foreign made films - makes me fairly beam with national pride! (Like I had anything to do with it! :lol: )
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Postby Aimee » Mon Mar 15, 2010 2:23 pm

WOW!!! That's awesome for Taika! I will keep my eyes peeled for any chance sightings :shock:
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Postby Venus » Mon Mar 15, 2010 4:27 pm

Great, thanks for posting 4ever! It really does explain all the tweets from New Orleans. :lol: What a wonderful opportunity for Taika! Can't wait to hear more about it. :)
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Postby mohumbhai mania » Mon Mar 15, 2010 4:37 pm

Great! Now my husband will know the hell I'm talking about. He never remembers that Taika was "Telephone Man" in "Drive By".

Maybe then "Boy" will get a distributor... :pray:
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Re: Taika's new role in movie 'Green Lantern'

Postby Aimee » Mon Mar 15, 2010 4:41 pm

Looks like Green Lantern's first day of filming is today, actually. According to this website they will be on the Westbank(i.e. west side of the Mississippi)...

http://www.onlocationvacations.com/2010 ... nt-page-1/
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Postby closet jemainiac » Mon Mar 15, 2010 5:42 pm

Is Taika going to be the douche-y friend? :hrm:
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Postby rotunda » Mon Mar 15, 2010 8:06 pm

So that's what he's doing hanging out and about in New Orleans! Not that I don't think New Orleans isn't a blast if you have no specific reason to be there... seems like a great project for him though. :)
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Postby helgecko » Mon Mar 15, 2010 11:14 pm

So very very cool and exciting. So happy for Taika :D

Ditto to all the "ohhh, so that's why he's in New Orleans" comments.
It probably also explains this (also from his twitter):
I just had all the grey hair on my head dyed. I look like an old guy who scalped a 20 year old's scalp and wore it.
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Which is good, because I wouldn't want him dying out his greys for any other reason :heart:
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Postby rotunda » Tue Mar 16, 2010 11:07 pm

^ Oh yeah, good point.
I just thought he was getting creative with his barnet. :lol:
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Re: Taika's new role in movie 'Green Lantern'

Postby Great H » Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:15 am

Update!
Found this in Time Out - the weekly entertainment supplement in the NZ Herald:
Apparently he has been cast as the Green Lantern's best friend. Means nothing to me, but maybe to some of you?! :D

Here's a link to the web version

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Re: Taika's new role in movie 'Green Lantern'

Postby helgecko » Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:23 am

Aw, bless :D :heart:
It seems like missing the premiere is weighing on him a bit, but I'm sure it's worth it for the opportunity he's getting. And I'm sure it helps that he got to attend the screening at his home marae, which would have been the most important one for him :)
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Postby Aimee » Thu Mar 18, 2010 2:55 pm

Yes, I'm sure it was a hard choice since it must feel like he was neglecting his baby (i.e. Boy). I'm sure this choice will open a lot of doors for him as well, so good for him!
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