So I recently did a Screen Rant speculative piece (patent pending) asking you, our loyal readers, which actor should tackle the almost Shakespearean role of Sinestro in The Green Lantern. The piece was a response of sorts to MTV Splash Page's weekly column, where they cast some of their favorite superhero movies that are in the pipeline.
Well, as a result of both MTV and our own post regarding the role of Sinestro, an interesting consensus was reached (at least amongst our Screen Rant readers). If you haven't guessed from the pic above, the general consensus is that actor Hugo Weaving (The Matrix, Lord of the Rings) is the man best suited for the purple dye-job to play Green Lantern's nemesis.
First a recap on who Sinestro is and why I make the bold claim that the role is almost "Shakespearean":
For those who don’t know, when Hal Jordan is first awarded his power ring and summoned to Oa, home base of the Green Lantern Corps, Sinestro is the most celebrated (and feared) member of the corps. He takes Hal Jordan under his wing and teaches him the ropes. The turning point in their relationship comes when Sinestro is empowered with a yellow ring (weakness of Green Lanterns) and his ambitions for universal martial order finally bubble to the surface, forcing Hal to become the proverbial student who ultimately bests the teacher.
To me, the character has always been like Iago from Othello crossed with Lord Macbeth. Sinestro is a schemer and an iimperial general wrapped in one, and early rumors about The Green Lantern script indicate that the villain will at least appear to be on the side of good for most of this first film, until his true nefarious nature is revealed.
You need an actor that can play imperial, cunning, ruthless, heroic and charming all at once, while flashing a wolf's grin in front of eyes hiding madness and fury just behind their pupils. Basically George C. Scott's Patton with purple skin and a yellow ring (for those of you who prefer WWII films to reading Shakespeare).
Hugo Weaving demonstrated in The Matrix that he can play the slightly-crazy, imperial-world-order type villain; he made it clear playing the Elf King in Lord of the Rings that he can portray a wise and respected leader. Hell, even his voice-work as the titular character in V For Vendetta shows how good the man is at walking the tightrope of intelligent/crazy. Add the fact that he's already done some of the most epic and indelible action scenes of the new Millennium (The Matrix films), and suddenly it's almost logical to imagine him facing off against Ryan Reynolds/Hal Jordan in a climatic deep-space showdown.
And, if the header pic isn't enough proof, Weaving has the right look for the role.
So there you have it. Hugo Weaving for Sinestro. Of course if you disagree, there are always alternatives:
Just Kidding (or am I?).
The Green Lantern is slated to start filming this fall, with an aimed release date of June 17, 2011.
Source: MTV Splash Page (Tag, you're it!)