Mark Strong for Sinestro?

Well, so much for insider information.

Last week we got word that Jackie Earle Haley was all-but-hired to play villain Sinestro in Martin Campbell’s Green Lantern .

Think again. Campbell spoke to MTV over the weekend while promoting Edge of Darkness and confirmed that he actually has his eye on an altogether more British actor. Yep, loveable rogue Mark Strong is apparently in talks to take on the role.

Campbell said of Strong:

“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.”

Talk about a turnaround. And he’s right, Strong would make for a great Sinestro. The Sherlock Holmes and RocknRolla star has oodles of charisma and a way with villains that is more insidious than all-out villainous.

Campbell also talked about other characters from the Lantern universe that would be cropping up in his film.

“Well, Kilowag will be,” the director said. “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.”

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Josh Winning has worn a lot of hats over the years. Contributing Editor at Total Film, writer for SFX, and senior film writer at the Radio Times. Josh has also penned a novel about mysteries and monsters, is the co-host of a movie podcast, and has a library of pretty phenomenal stories from visiting some of the biggest TV and film sets in the world. He would also like you to know that he "lives for cat videos..." Don't we all, Josh. Don't we all.