Everyone's up in arms about "Spider-Man" this week, and I can understand why. It's huge news. But it's certainly not the only superhero film that's gearing up to shoot, and "Green Lantern" is actually closer to a start date, with major casting news breaking in the last week. Obviously, Ryan Reynolds was tapped last year after a very close horse race to play Hal Jordan, whose attempt to help a dying alien at a crash site ends up turning him into an intergalactic superhero.
Then last week, there was an announcement about Blake Lively, who signed on to play Carol Ferris, and then Peter Saarsgard signed on to play Hector Hammond, a dangerous telepath whose contact with an alien force turns him into a major threat against the security of Earth.
One of our commenters posted a simple question: "Why isn't Sinestro in this movie?"
Well... who said he isn't?
I've been making some calls yesterday and today, and what I'm hearing actually confirms some earlier rumors online from October of 2009, when Harry Knowles first ran the word that Jackie Earle Haley was the man who had been tapped to play Sinestro. That rumor was debunked by Frosty at Collider in a face-to-face encounter with Haley, who said he had not screen-tested for the part.
Here's the thing, though... the "Green Lantern" project is overstuffed with characters from the history of the series, with a script that almost reads like a Wikipedia page. One gets the feeling that they're worried about setting up the entire series in this first film. Yes... Hector Hammond is one of the two main villains in the movie. And Sarsgaard is a good choice for the part, in my opinion. There's something disdainful and removed about him, and I think it will serve him perfectly in this part. And Legion plays a significant role in the film as well as another major villain, although I'm not sure how they're going to handle him onscreen.