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Green Lantern, DC’s iconic superhero who draws his power from a magical ring, is coming to HBO Max in a new live-action series. Writers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Seth Grahame-Smith will tell the story of several generations of men who take on the mantle, beginning with Alan Scott in 1941, reimagined here as a closeted FBI agent. Vickie Thomas Casting has already brought on Jeremy Irvine (“War Horse”) as Alan; Finn Wittrock (“American Horror Story”) will play Guy Gardner, a 1980s version of the hero. Production on the series is set to start later this year in Los Angeles.
Paramount+ is doubling down on its creative partnership with “1883” and “Yellowstone” creator Taylor Sheridan. The streamer has ordered a new spy thriller, “Lioness,” to series, with Zoe Saldana attached to star and executive produce. The series will follow Joe (Saldana), the tough-as-nails chief of the CIA’s Lioness program, as she and her colleagues take down the world’s most wanted terrorists. Automatic Sweat Casting has also attached Laysla De Oliveira (“Locke & Key”) and is fleshing out the rest of the cast. Production on the hourlong series, executive produced by Nicole Kidman via her Blossom Films, is set to begin in early June.
Between AMC’s “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul,” the network’s original series are always better when Giancarlo Esposito is attached. From creators Danny Brocklehurst and Sunu Gonera and showrunner Theo Travers, “The Driver” is a remake of Brocklehurst’s BBC One series of the same name. Esposito is set to star as a cabbie who takes a job as the chauffeur of an infamous Zimbabwean gangster in New Orleans. The series has brought on Bialy/Thomas Casting to lock in the rest of the ensemble. Esposito is also attached as executive producer. Shooting is set to start in mid-July in New Orleans.
This story originally appeared in the May 5 issue of Backstage Magazine.