Rumors have been swirling that Mark Strong will play Sinestro, the main baddie in Martin Campbell’s The Green Lantern. Now the comic’s scribe Geoff Johns has confirmed his casting through a tweet:

Back from an amazing trip to Green Lantern town a.k.a. New Orleans!! Ryan IS Hal. And Mark Strong is going to be a brilliant Sinestro.

Tim Robbins recently joined the cast as Senator Hammond, “the disapproving father of the movie’s villain, Dr. Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard), who becomes infused with psychic powers.” Blake Lively will play Carol Ferris, the leading lady. Ryan Reynolds was first cast as our DC Comics superhero.

Mark Strong has a stellar year with Kick-Ass, Robin Hood, The Way Back and The Eagle of the Ninth.

The Green Lantern will begin shooting in New Orleans soon. It is set for a June 17th, 2011 release.

What do you think of Mark Strong as the villain? Are you looking forward to The Green Lantern?

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