HitFix‘s Drew McWeeny is reporting that he’s been doing some journalistic legwork tracking down news about who else will be cast in DC/WB’s upcoming adaptation of The Green Lantern, and, despite having been debunked late last year, those early rumors of Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen, Nightmare on Elm Street) playing Green Lantern‘s arch nemesis Sinestro are looking like they’re panning out to be true.

There are some particulars to discuss (aren’t there always?) so keep reading for a detailed breakdown of the situation…

Now, McWeeny makes it clear that he doesn’t know specifically whether or not Haley is already locked into the role, is in negotiations for the role, or (what is believed to be the case) is simply the studio’s primary choice for the role, based on the relationship he’s established with them while working on Watchmen and A Nightmare on Elm Street.

That latter scenario would make the most sense, since Haley has already made Watchmen‘s Rorschach into a big-screen icon, and despite some negative early responses to the film, we’ve nonetheless heard that Haley’s turn as the new Freddy Krueger is a highlight of Elm Street. The man can tackle those big fanboy iconic roles and Sinestro is certainly that.

Sinestro vs. Hal Jordan

Also keep in mind: we know from early script reviews that Sinestro’s role in this first Green Lantern film is a supporting one, likely as  a mentor or drill sergeant type for Green Lantern new recruit – and the movie’s hero – Hal Jordan (who will be played by Ryan Reynolds). Unless you’ve been under a rock and know nothing of the Green Lantern comic book series, then you’re already anticipating the iconic movie moment when Sinestro dons a yellow ring and reveals himself to be the badass arch villain he ultimately becomes. Expect that later in The Green Lantern trilogy.

The film has been given the official go-ahead and is gearing up for production, so casting news has started coming at us fast and furious, with the back-to-back announcements that Blake Lively will be playing the love-interest, Carol Ferris and that Peter Saarsgard will play evil telepath Hector Hammond, one of the film’s confirmed villains. The other villain in the film is the hive-minded alien warrior known as Legion, which will likely be brought to life through SFX work.

For my money I’ve been screaming that actor Hugo Weaving has the kind of Machiavellian chops to play a great Sinestro – but Jackie Earle Haley would be a close second. If Haley is indeed taking on the role, how do you feel about it? Good casting choice?

The Green Lantern is slated to beam into theaters on June 17, 2011. It is being helmed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale).

Source: HitFix