From what we know of Martin Campbell's adaption of Green Lantern and its cast, Mark Strong will likely be playing Sinestro, the title character's main nemesis in the books but he will not be the main villain of the movie. Instead, Sinestro will be the mentor of Ryan Reynolds' Hal Jordan character, developed to be the main villain in the sequel(s).
So, that leaves Dr. Hector Hammond, played by Peter Sarsgaard, as the feature villain of the Green Lantern origins movie. We know that Dr. Hector Hammond is “the pathologist son of a senator who is seen as a disappointment in his father’s eyes” and now we know who's playing the father: Tim Robbins!
Interestingly enough, it was Robbins who also was rumored to play Tony Stark's father originally in Iron Man 2 before they ended up going with John Slattery (a better choice in my opinion).
Robbins joins the cast as Senator Hammond, a cast which already includes Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard and possibly Mark Strong. It's an impressive group that director Campbell has put together so far and definitely a worthy competing film for DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. to put up against Marvel Studios and their Thor and The First Avenger: Captain America films which also come out next summer.
What do you think of the cast so far?
Green Lantern begins production next month in New Orleans and is set for release June 17, 2011.