Yesterday, Harry Knowles-it-all let fly with an early morning update at Ain't It Cool News that Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen, A Nightmare on Elm Street) had snagged the role of Sinestro in Warner Bros upcoming Green Lantern movie. The same source of the Sinestro "scoop" also said that a Superman cameo would be in the film. It was that Superman information that made me a little weary of believing the rumor in its entirety.
Well, Steve (not a Wendy's) "Frosty" Weintraub tracked down Haley at the 2009 Scream Awards and got a red carpet interview with him that you can watch here. It was a great line of questioning from Weintraub and Haley seemed just as shocked as anyone else to hear the news. He even goes so far to say:
"I just heard that myself down there, I'm not confirming anything."
Haley also denied rumors that he screen tested for Green Lantern and when Weintraub directly asks him if he was in film or if it would be a possibility he responded with:
"You guys [movie-blogs] are out in front of it and I don't know anything about it yet. If something comes up I'll let you know."
So, according to Jackie Earle Haley, it's not true (yet). Now, of course Haley could just be playing everything down due to contractual issues and wants to throw the blog hounds off the scent but I'm thinking he's being honest. He is a great actor and I very much enjoy his work but he just seems to be of a smaller stature for the role of Sinestro. Looking at Haley standing next to Ryan Reynolds would look as odd as Katie Holmes standing next to Tom Cruise.
The Green Lantern movie is based on the long time DC comic character of the same name, and is being directed by Martin Campbell and stars Ryan Reynolds - the only CONFIRMED actor attached to the project. So, I guess we will have to wait a bit longer to find out who will be joining Reynolds in the big budget action film.
What do you think about this potentially rumor-squashing news involving Sinestro and Green Lantern? Think it's all just smoke and mirrors misdirection or is Jackie Earle Haley being sincere?
Green Lantern will open summer of 2011.
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