Tim Robbins is joining the cast of Green Lantern, the superhero movie based on the DC Comics character.
Robbins will play Senator Hammond, disapproving father of the movie’s villain, Dr. Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard), who becomes infused with psychic powers.
Ryan Reynolds stars as Green Lantern, with Blake Lively as the hero’s love interest, Carol Ferris.
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Comic book fans rejoiced when news arrived that The Green Lantern would be coming to the big screen with the perennially under-appreciated Ryan Reynolds playing the hero of the piece, Hal Jordan. The film, which begins shooting in March, already has Blake Lively attached as love interest Carol Ferris and An Education’s Peter Sarsgaard as the villainous Hector Hammond.
News comes today via DC Comics’ Geoff Johns’ twitter account that Mark Strong will officially be playing Sinestro, arguably The Green Lantern’s greatest adversary throughout the comics. Strong seems to be the first choice in Hollywood when casting bad guys right now, securing this role which Jackie Earl Haley was also widely linked with. Sinestro may play a smaller role in the Martin Campbell’s first installment with the character likely to play a bigger part in the franchise should the 2011 release prove to be a success.
Source: Front Row Reviews
ComicBookMovie.com spoke to Green Lantern director Martin Campbell and asked about the possibility of the film being shot for 3D.
“Maybe. I mean Cameron’s raised the bar on all that, so I think what he’s done with Avatar will make every studio now sit up and look at the box office from 3D and the fact that audiences loved it and it’s such a hit. I think he will…and of course they can do it in post now, you know 3D is so…even though we haven’t really talked about it, I’m sure it’ll come up.”
While there are still other actors remaining to join Martin Campbell’s Green Lantern, Reynolds could only speak to the cast members that are officially on board — specifically Lively, who the eventual defender of Space Sector 2814 described as a perfect fit for the film’s female lead.
“She’s amazing — that girl is nobody’s fool,” Reynolds told MTV News during an interview at the Sundance Film Festival. “She came in and, much like everyone else in the film, had to fight for the role and read [for the character]. She did such an amazing job. She’s going to be flawless, she’s going to be perfect.”
Watch the video at MTV News.
Green Lantern found his leading lady last week in Gossip Girl Blake Lively, and now it looks like he’s found his foe, too.
Peter Sarsgaard (Boys Don’t Cry) is in talks to play Dr. Hector Hammond in Green Lantern, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The report describes the character as “the pathologist son of a senator who is seen as a disappointment in his father’s eyes. He becomes infused with psychic powers when he discovers a meteor.”
First appearing in a 1961 issue of Green Lantern, Hammond seems to be headed for a similar origin on the big screen as he did in the comics — but how faithful the film will be to the character’s evolution, however, is the real question.