Mark Strong On Sinestro In “Lantern”

Mark Strong (“Sherlock Holmes,” “Kick-Ass”) tells USA Weekend that his role of Sinestro in the upcoming “Green Lantern” film for Warner Bros. Pictures will closely mirror the early comics.

“Sinestro starts out as Hal Jordan’s mentor, slightly suspicious and not sure of him because obviously Hal is the first human being who’s made into a Green Lantern. He’s certainly very strict and certainly unsure of the wisdom of Hal becoming a Green Lantern. [Sinestro] is a military guy but isn’t immediately bad. It’s the kind of person he is that lends himself to becoming bad over the course of the comics being written, but initially he’s quite a heroic figure” says Strong.

The actor was recently fitted for special contact lenses and the costume/appearance will follow the early look – “That widow’s peak and thin mustache was for some reason originally based on David Niven… I would like to do justice to the Sinestro that was conceived for the comic books.”

The project is currently filming in New Orleans and is scheduled to hit theatres on June 17th.