Ever since it was announced that Warner Bros/DC Comics were producing a live action Green Lantern movie the villain of choice has been a hot topic. For the most part we’ve heard that Watchmen co-star Jackie Earle Haley was in the running to star as Sinestro, the suggested bad guy. But according to MTV, Mark Strong might be playing the character instead.

Mark Strong’s name might not sound familiar but this guy works his ass off. He has the innate talent of popping up in major feature films without you noticing. He was in last December’s Sherlock Holmes, and he’ll co-star in another comic based movie Kick-Ass, and the Ridley Scott adaptation of Robin Hood this year. Do you know what the common thread is amongst all those roles? He plays the villain, so an appearance in Green Lantern as Sinestro wouldn’t be far fetched.

Over at MTV, they caught up with Lantern director Martin Campbell and he debunked all those rumors about Haley and replaced them with some cold hard facts. According to him, the studio is in negotiations with 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.”

He also went on to discuss some other characters who will pop up in the feature film including Kilowog, the scary looking scientist in the Green Lantern Corps.

“Well, Kilowog 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.”

I still have a serious problem with Blake Lively’s casting but Mark Strong is a perfect fit. There’s no reason that man shouldn’t get the part. It’s not like he’s never played the bad guy in a big budget film before.

Do you think Mark Strong is a better choice for Sinestro than Jackie Earle Haley?