Ever since he landed the lead role in “Running with Scissors,” playing the character of Augusten Burroughs, I’ve been wondering when Cross — a Pelham native and one of our designated up-and-coming stars of 2007 in InTown — was going to get his next big role. Well, it took almost a year, but induction into the superhero hall of justice is just about as big as it gets.
According to EW, “Justice League of America” has been fast-tracked by Warner Bros. to begin shooting next Feb in Australia, thanks in part to a script that’s ready to rock (and a studio eager to get into production before the supposedly imminent screenwriter’s strike). The story is reportedly faithful to the original comic and all seven original members of the Justice League Ã¢â‚¬â€ Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and the Martian Manhunter Ã¢â‚¬â€ will have roles. There’ll be epic battles between Superman and Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, Alien and Predator, Terminator and Predator, and, presumably, Laser Cats and Toonses the Driving Cat.
No word yet on which part Cross is up for, but according to the Hollywood Reporter the director on the project, George Miller, invited him along with other your actors (Adam Brody, D.J. Cotrona, Teresa Palmer, and the rapper Common) to a “marathon casting session.”
Now, I don’t have any strong feelings one way or another about who Cross should play (Aquaman might be a good fit), but I would like to start campaigning for another casting decision.
Four simple words: Common IS Martian Manhunter.