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.

lifelike on Jan 15, 2010


well he's perfect for this character.

Xerxex on Jan 15, 2010


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.

Dreckent on Jan 15, 2010


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.

Cody on Jan 15, 2010


Damn, this is great casting. I really like Haley, but Strong seems like he is more suited to this role than he is.

Daniel on Jan 15, 2010


To hell with Marvel. And say what you want about Superman Returns, but so far D.C. is getting everything right.

graffiti bandit on Jan 15, 2010


Sweet indeed!

Nasty Nate on Jan 15, 2010


Mark Strong is awesome!

Robbie on Jan 16, 2010


He's a great choice!

Jake on Jan 16, 2010



Al on Jan 16, 2010


yeah he would be a good choice,but i would love to see hugo weaving play him.

tobi,leader of the akatsuki on Jan 16, 2010


Well, he got the forehead

Shelby on Jan 16, 2010


That sounds great! I hope they cast him! He WOULD be perfect!

Ron on Jan 16, 2010


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.

zubzwank on Jan 17, 2010


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.

Victor on Jan 17, 2010


I LIKE IT! He would be perfect. I hope so. Ryan Reynolds and Mark Strong are my top two favorite actors!

Kelton on Jan 18, 2010


^ They only became your "favorite" actors once you read this article. Stop being a bich.

SlashBeast on Jan 23, 2010

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