Green Lantern director Martin Campbell thinks that Sherlock Holmes and RocknRolla star Mark Strong looks like Sinestro, the red-faced nemesis of that guy with the green power ring. He also thinks Strong is a good actor. He’s right, Strong is a very good actor.
All of this comes together in a logical conclusion that was revealed to MTV in an interview with Campbell this week. Mark Strong is now in talks to join the Green Lantern production — which is prepping to shoot in Louisiana in the spring — as Sinestro. “He’s not only a wonderful actor, but he looks like Sinestro,” he explained. “If you look up old pictures of Sinestro, he’s very like him.”
Campbell also talked to MTV about various other characters who will be in the film, including the likes of Tomar-Re and Abin Sur (both of whom appear early on in the film). He also mentioned another big character from the Lantern universe: Kilowag (pictured right). “Well, Kilowag will be,” the director explained while promoting his upcoming film Edge of Darkness. “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. The origin story of Green Lantern is complex, probably one of the most complex, which makes it a challenge to get it right.”
As you may note, Kilowog is a very cool character. He’s often noted as the primary trainer of the Lantern Corps, and the man responsible for turning cocky test pilot Hal Jordan into a real hero. The size of his role is unknown, but it will be cool to see how they deliver his character, whether it be practical or digital.
Back to Strong for a moment — as I mentioned, he’s a good actor. One of the better working actors around. He was great in Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla and I’ve heard good things about him as the bad guy in Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass. He seems to be becoming the Hollywood go-to guy for bad guys lately, a role he also played in Sherlock Holmes. While Jackie Earle Haley (previously rumored) would have been a fun, eccentric choice for Sinestro, Strong represents a controlled, layered approach — an interesting take on the character. It could pay off, but we’ll see.