Rumor: Jackie Earle Haley as Sinestro in Green Lantern?
He's played Rorschach and Freddy Krueger, now he'll play Sinestro in Green Lantern?! Unless you're a Green Lantern fan, you probably don't know who Sinestro is, but we'll explain all that. AICN is reporting a rumor (take this with a grain of salt) that actor Jackie Earle Haley has been cast as Sinestro, the lead villain, in the Green Lantern movie being directed by Martin Campbell and co-starring Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan. Not only that, but they say that Superman has a cameo in it as well (the character, not Brandon Routh). Though I'm not sure if I can believe all this yet. If it's true, then this is some seriously great casting.
AICN says their source is "someone working on the film," meaning it's legit, but I'm going to wait to hear it from Warner Brothers or Haley himself before calling it confirmed casting. So who is Sinestro? Sinestro is the former mentor of Hal Jordan and the arch-nemesis of the entire Green Lantern Corps (of which Ryan Reynolds is a part of). Sinestro was banished from the Corps for using the power of the Green Lantern to instill fear rather than combat it and was given a yellow ring and the power of the Yellow Lanterns, the enemy of the Green Lanterns, instead. Basically, Sinestro is the bad guy. And according to our early script review on this from last year, Sinestro has some "good screen" time making this casting news all the better.
I truly believe that Zack Snyder could not have cast anyone else better than Jackie Earle Haley to play Rorschach. And now I have a feeling that may be the case here for Green Lantern as well. It's all too early to tell, especially considering we don't know the tone or the style of the movie or anything like that, but I've got plenty of faith in Martin Campbell and Jackie Earle Haley. Let's hope this turns out to be true! Thoughts?
Update: The same day this rumor hit, Collider was able to talk with Jackie Earle Haley on the red carpet of the Scream Awards, and he confirmed that it's not true. "I kind of heard it down there for the first time," pointing down the red carpet. "That wasn't me confirming it, I heard about it, I guess the same way you did." Haley also denied doing any screen testing for the role, which is something Martin Campbell does a lot of when casting. They asked for one final confirmation and this is what Haley said: "You guys are out in front of it, and I don't know anything about it yet, so if something comes up, I'll let you know." There you have it.