Mark Strong Might Play Sinestro in Green Lantern, Not Haley!

January 15, 2010
Source: MTV

Sinestro / Mark Strong

Looks like they've cast another great actor in this! Up until today we thought it was Jackie Earle Haley who was going to end playing the villain Sinestro in DC Comics' Green Lantern, but apparently that was never the case. "No, that's completely wrong," director Martin Campbell told MTV in an interview today. "In fact, we're in negotiations with Mark Strong to play Sinestro." Hell yes! Mark Strong, who is England's "secret weapon," has been playing lots of villains recently (in Sherlock Holmes, Kick-Ass, Robin Hood). I like Jackie Earle Haley a lot, but I love Mark Strong even more, and I'm so excited to see him joining this!

"He's not only a wonderful actor, but he looks like Sinestro," Campbell said. "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." Woops! Look like that big scoop from HitFix the other day was a bunch of baloney. Campbell also gave MTV a rundown on what characters we can expect in this: "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." Indeed!

For those that aren't familiar with Green Lantern, that means we're going to be seeing some gnarly aliens. Sinestro has purple skin (in some comics) and comes from the planet Korugar. Kilowog is an ugly looking big ass alien who just so happens to be a gifted genetic scientist that comes from the planet Bolovax Vik. I'm very glad to see that Campbell is including these kinds of characters in the movie. "The origin story of Green Lantern is complex, probably one of the most complex, which makes it a challenge to get it right." The good news is that everything we've heard so far is perfect. And Mark Strong is another exceptional addition.

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  • I'm really excited about this one.
  • Xerxex
    well he's perfect for this character.
  • Dreckent
    Awesome news!!!!! I mean... i think Haley is one of the best actors there is... but for this role Strong seems like a perfect fit. Would be awesome to see a Sinestro as cool as the one in First Flight, wich was a surprinsingly good movie.
  • Cody
    I just got goosebumps...cause Ive had a mancrush on this guy ever since revolver. God I hope this turns out to be true, no disrespect to Haley but this would be a better fit. Also it makes Strong even more known, cause this guy can act.
  • Daniel
    Damn, this is great casting. I really like Haley, but Strong seems like he is more suited to this role than he is.
  • graffiti bandit
    To hell with Marvel. And say what you want about Superman Returns, but so far D.C. is getting everything right.
  • Nasty Nate
    Sweet indeed!
  • Robbie
    Mark Strong is awesome!
  • Jake
    He's a great choice!
  • Al
  • tobi,leader of the akatsuki
    yeah he would be a good choice,but i would love to see hugo weaving play him.
  • Shelby
    Well, he got the forehead
  • Ron
    That sounds great! I hope they cast him! He WOULD be perfect!
  • zubzwank
    This actor seems like a better choice than Haley for the character, including physical presence. Hollywood, note: Jackie Earle Haley deserves all the other work you can give him.
  • Victor
    I'm not getting excited ahead of time. I have doubts about this movie something doesn't feel right, only time will tell if I was right.
  • Kelton
    I LIKE IT! He would be perfect. I hope so. Ryan Reynolds and Mark Strong are my top two favorite actors!
  • SlashBeast
    ^ They only became your "favorite" actors once you read this article. Stop being a bich.




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