— by SEAN GERSKI —
For too long, we heard way too little about the upcoming “Green Lantern” movie. There was a script and a director (Martin Campell, of “Casino Royale” and more) … then nothing.
After a while, there were a flurry of options thrown at the wall as to who would don the green tights as the title character, but ultimately, the role went to (in a welcome surprise) Ryan Reynolds.
Cue another long wait and then we heard that Blake Lively would play the lead female character, Carol Ferris. (I’m not a fan of the choice, but I have seen worse.)
Since then, however, things have really picked up and I wanted to get everyone caught up on recent developments:
• Jackie Earle Haley is apparently not a candidate to play Sinestro (as previously reported by another site). “No, that’s completely wrong,” Campbell told MTV. “In fact, we’re in negotiations with Mark Strong to play Sinestro.”
My take: Strong is a fantastic actor with an amazing voice. He would be a great choice.
• In the Green Lantern script, there is a scene where the Green Lantern ring is sent to find “someone honest, someone brave.” It passes a number of people, including a “glasses-wearing reporter at The Daily Planet …” Obviously, the inference is that the ring passes Clark Kent (Superman). The scene has led to much speculation as to who would play the part (candidates include current big screen Superman Brandon Routh and TV’s version in Tom Welling).
However, Campbell has put the issue to rest.
“No, that won’t happen,” said Campbell, also to MTV. “None of the other DC characters will appear in the film.”
(And, in case anyone is wondering, the script leaked online is 100 percent legit — confirmed to me by one of the movie’s writers.)
My take: It’s too bad, really. The cameo would have been a nice way to tie in the shared DC movie universe — as Marvel has done so well in its recent movies. And I would have loved to see Routh take on the cameo role. It would have been a nice way to carry Routh into the next Superman movie — whenever that happens.
• And, finally (for now), actor Peter Sarsgaard is in talks to play villainous Hector Hammond, according to The Hollywood Reporter. THR describes Hammond as “the pathologist son of a senator who is seen as a disappointment in his father’s eyes. He becomes infused with psychic powers when he discovers a meteor.”
My take: He’s an excellent actor who plays creepy quite well. Sounds perfect.
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