The attractiveness of castmembers for Martin Campbell‘s upcoming Green Lantern is no longer in jeopardy. Reports last week that Jackie Earle Haley was the front-runner for the role of Sinestro have been debunked by the director. MTV asked Campbell about the Haley casting rumor and he responded,
"What? No. That ugly old thing?? No way. I’d sooner cast that hulk from Precious."
Well, he didn’t exactly say that. But he totally wanted to. You can tell. Check it out.
"No. That’s completely wrong. In fact, we’re in negotiations with Mark Strong to play Sinestro. He’s not only a wonderful actor, but he looks like Sinestro. 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."
Mark Strong is on a hot streak. Between Sherlock Holmes, Kick-Ass, and Green Lantern (and rumored sequels), he’ll be Hollywood’s official villian (behind Jeff Zucker). Somewhere, Andy Garcia weeps. (MTV)