Earlier this week news hit the net that Warner Bros. only choice to play Sinestro in The Green Lantern was Jackie Earle Haley, which I think would have been awesome. But apparently HitFix's sources were misinformed because according to the director of the movie, Martin Campbell, that's not the case at all. In his own words when he is asked about this casting rumor, he says:
No, that's completely wrong.
He then goes on to reveal that actor Mark Strong is actually the actor in talks to take on the role of Sinestro.
In fact, we're in negotiations with Mark Strong to play Sinestro. He's not only a wonderful actor, but he looks like Sinestro. If you look up old pictures of Sinestro, he's very like him. The Jackie Earle Haley thing, somebody told me about it this morning; I had never heard it before in my life.
So there it is. As cool as it would have been to see Haley play Sinestro, it doesn't look like thats going to happen. Fortunately they are going with another really good actor, Mark Strong is a great casting move. The guy makes for a great villain. He recently played the villain in Sherlock Holmes, and also plays the villain in the upcoming film Kick-Ass. I think it would be cool to see strong cast in the role if everything works out.
Campbell then goes on to reveal more characters that we will be seeing in the film.
Well, Kilowog will be, Tomar-Re is in it. Sinestro is in it. Abin Sur is in it. All the origin people. Carol [Ferris], of course, who will be played by Blake Lively. All the main characters are there, and it's a complex story. The origin story of Green Lantern is complex, probably one of the most complex, which makes it a challenge to get it right.
I'm sure well see many more characters make an appearance in this movie. I'm really hoping this movie ends up being good. They are definitely putting together a great cast.
So what do you think of the prospect of Mark Strong taking on the role of Sinestro?