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Mark Strong In Negotiations To Play Sinestro in Green Lantern

Speaking with MTV, Green Lantern director Martin Campbell shot down rumors that Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen) is in consideration for the role of Sinestro, and instead revealed that Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes, Kick-Ass) is in negotiations for the part:

“No, that’s completely wrong,” said Campbell of the persistent rumor, which popped up again recently despite Haley denying any involvement with the “Green Lantern” movie. “In fact, we’re in negotiations with Mark Strong to play Sinestro.”

“He’s not only a wonderful actor, but he looks like Sinestro,” he added. “If you look up old pictures of Sinestro, he’s very like him. The Jackie Earle Haley thing, somebody told me about it this morning; I had never heard it before in my life.”

Campbell also talked about some of the characters that will appear in the film.  Head on over the jump for that.

“Well, Kilowag will be,” said Campebll. “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.”

Green Lantern is scheduled to hit theaters on June 17, 2011.