Tim Robbins (Mystic River, The Shawshank Redemption) has been cast in Martin Campbell’s big screen adaptation of the DC Comics superhero Green Lantern.
Robbins will take on the role of Senator Hammond who is the disappointed father of the film's villain, Dr. Hector Hammond being played by Peter Sarsgaard. He's a criminal on the run from the law when he discovers a meteor in the woods. Observing that radiation from the meteor has caused the nearby plants to evolve rapidly, Hammond decides to kidnap four scientists and expose them to the meteor. The radiation causes their intellects to evolve, but also has the side effect of sapping their wills. Hammond is able to force the scientists to use their heightened intellect to create amazing new inventions, which Hammond sells for his own profit.
Robbins is a great actor and definitely will fit the role of a Senator. The character he plays in the film wasn't a very big part of the DC Universe, but with the casting of Robbins, it seems like they will beef up the character a bit for the film.
The rest of the cast currently includes Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, A.K.A. Green Lantern, and Blake Lively as his love interest, Carol Ferris. The film is set to begin shooting in New Orleans this March, with the film scheduled to hi theaters on June 17th 2011.
What do you think about Robbins being cast as Senator Hammond?