There's been a lot of casting hoo-ha surrounding the Green Lantern film, specifically around the villains. When there's such a vast catalog of material to choose from, nerd-dom goes into a frenzy, spouting off rumors about which baddies they think should be shown in the film and who should play them.
We've known for about a month now that Dr. Hecktor Hammond, to be played by Peter Sarsgaard, would be appearing as Hal Jordan's lead adversary, but even though the main villain had been officially announced, that didn't stop anyone from pondering who a secondary villain would be. Now after several months of casting rumors, it's been all but officially announced that arguably Green Lantern's most recognizable villain, Sinestro will be making an appearance, played by none other than Andy Garcia look-alike Mark Strong.
Strong is recently coming off Sherlock Holmes where he brilliantly played the sinister (see what I did there?) Lord Blackwood, so he should have no problem funneling some left over evil into this new character.
Since the pseudo-announcement comes via Geoff Johns' Twitter there's very little detail about how much Sinestro will appear in the film and in what capacity, only that he'll be there, presumably to be set up for future sequels. Without being totally familiar with the immense back story of Green Lantern, I can only hope that this set-up isn't wasted like Dr. Connors in the Spider-Man series. Three films of cameos amounted to nothing but wasted screen time. But something tells me that with Mark Strong at the wheel, fans will be screaming for Sinestro, and they won't be ignored.
Here's the enthusiastic tweet from Johns, the new Chief Creative Office at DC.
"Back from an amazing trip to Green Lantern town a.k.a. New Orleans!! Ryan IS Hal. And Mark Strong is going to be a brilliant Sinestro."