If Martin Campbell has his way, the screen version of Green Lantern arch foe Sinestro will look very much like his comic book counterpart. At a press junket for his upcoming Mel Gibson film “The Edge of Darkness,” the director confirmed that he was in talks with “Sherlock Holmes” actor Mark Strong to play the pink-skinned, mustachioed bad guy, as reported by MTV’s Splash Page blog.
“In fact, we’re in negotiations with Mark Strong to play Sinestro,” Campbell said. “He’s not only a wonderful actor, but he looks like Sinestro,” he added. “If you look up old pictures of Sinestro, he’s very like him.”
In naming his pick for the movie’s main villain, the director debunked the recently resurgent rumor that “Watchmen” and “Human Target” star Jackie Earl Haley would play the villain. However, that doesn’t mean the part will stay outside the “frequent comics actor” camp as Campbell has already filmed a part in Matthew Vaughn’s adaptation of Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.’s “Kick-Ass” as well as having previously starred in Vaughn’s Neil Gaiman adaptation “Stardust.”
Add this news to the announcement that Peter Sarsgaard will play Hector Hammond, and it appears the main “Green Lantern” cast is shaping up nicely, although Campbell went on to explain that the movie would also feature many as yet uncast Green Lantern Corps members. “Well, Kilowag will be [in it,]” Campebll explained. “Tomar-Re is in it. Sinestro is in it. Abin Sur is in it. All the origin people.”
Written by Greg Berlanti with Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green with a rewrite by Michael Goldenberg, “Green Lantern” is set to begin filming this March in New Orleans.
For the full story, check out MTV’s Splash Page and check back to CBR as more info becomes available on the future of “Green Lantern.”