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Warners and DC are apparently looking for Colin Farrell to play John Constantine in Justice League Dark

November 17th, 2015 by Matt Gault Comments


Colin Farrell is having a mixed bag of a year. He was the best of a bad bunch in the horrible second season of True Detective, while he has garnered praise for his leading role in the critically-acclaimed The Lobster, co-starring Rachel Weisz.

But the Irish actor, who once upon a time starred as Bullseye in Daredevil opposite Ben Affleck, could use a break…and Heroic Hollywood think they know his next big move!

This is a report from them, working off an exclusive from Latino Review, that Farrell is the frontrunner to play Constantine in the upcoming cinematic adaptation of Justice League Dark.

“We recently found out that Warner Bros. would be moving forward with their long-delayed Justice League Dark adaptation with Scott Rudin producing the project, alongside Guillermo del Toro, who was initially set to direct the ensemble film but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with the production of Pacifim Rim 2, which is currently stuck in development hell. Last we heard, Rudin was hard at work trying to get a new director on board and making touch-ups to the film’s script in order to start filming sometime in 2016, but it appears that we finally have some movement on the film!

A while back, Del Toro revealed that his version of the team would consist of Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna, Etrigan The Demon, and of course Constantine. It now appears that Warner Bros may have found an actor to play the latter, as Latino-Review reports that True Detective star Colin Farrell is the frontrunner for the role of the John Constantine in the film. If the report is true and he does indeed sign on, Farrell will be the third actor to portray the character, following in the footsteps of Matt Ryan and Keanu Reeves.

The report reveals that the studio has also approached Ewan McGregor to play the Hellblazer, but it appears that Farrell is the frontrunner at this point. However, there’s still a chance that we might see both actors in the movie as the site claims that one of the two could play Jason Blood instead of Constantine.

That’s not all though, as it looks like Madame Xanadu, a character from the New 52 comics might also maker her cinematic debut in the movie. Monica Bellucci is said to be the the top choice to play the character. The studio is also looking for a “comedic presence” in Deadman, and a hispanic/black actress for Zatanna.”

Oh, and apparently Del Toro wanted the legend that is Ron Perlman to play Swampthing… and the studio is still onboard with it.

So what do you think? Would Farrell be the right man for the role? It could be huge! Whatever happens, we’re REALLY excited for it…

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.