Peter Sarsgaard Cast as Hector Hammond in Green Lantern!
by Alex Billington
January 12, 2010
Whoa! Looks like those rumors about Jackie Earle Haley playing the villain Sinestro in DC Comics' Green Lantern movie were inaccurate (or maybe there will be multiple villains in this?). In any case, Heat Vision just announced that Peter Sarsgaard is "in negotiations" to play the villain Dr. Hector Hammond, the pathologist son of a senator who is seen as a disappointment in his father's eyes. He becomes infused with psychic powers when he discovers a meteor. It sounds like they're using the same storyline that's in Geoff Johns' Green Lantern: Secret Origin. And casting Sarsgaard for the role of Hammond is absolutely perfect!
Green Lantern is currently in pre-production aiming for a March start down in Louisiana. We know that Ryan Reynolds will play Hal Jordan, who becomes Green Lantern, and will be joined by Blake Lively who will play his love interest Carol Ferris. If they are indeed following the Green Lantern: Secret Origin story, that means Sinestro is in the movie, but not as the main villain (that's Hammond). As for Peter Sarsgaard, he's a great character actor who has appeared in movies like K-19, The Salton Sea, Jarhead, Orphan, and An Education, and will be a perfect fit. I'm glad to see Martin Campbell putting together a strong cast for this!