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Two kiwi actors join "Green Lantern"

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - A pair of New Zealand actors have joined the cast of “Green Lantern,” a superhero movie that happens to be directed by one of their compatriots.

Production on the 3D feature begins this week in New Orleans, with Martin Campbell directing Ryan Reynolds as the DC Comics crime-fighter.

Taika Waititi has come aboard as the best friend of Hal Jordan, a.k.a. Green Lantern, the test pilot who comes to wear the super-powered ring of the interplanetary police force known as the Green Lantern Corps.

Temuera Morrison, best known as Jango Fett from the “Star Wars” movies, is playing Abin Sur, a member of the Corps who is instrumental in Jordan becoming the superhero.

The movie is set for a June 17, 2011 release.

Waititi first gained attention for writing and directing the short movie “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 Sundance in January. It was “Boy” that caught the attention of Campbell and Warners, which led to him being cast in “Lantern.”

Morrison recently wrapped the New Zealand-made thriller “Tracker” with Ray Winstone.