Sarsgaard In Talks To Play Green Lantern Villain

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.

In the DC Universe, Hammond’s exposure to the meteor eventually mutates his brain to an abnormally large size, giving him psychic powers, telepathy and various other abilities, but rendering him unable to move or speak (outside of telepathic communication).

It seems unlikely that a character with Sarsgaard’s pedigree would follow through on the character’s history that far, but heck, it wouldn’t be the first unexpected casting in the comic book movie world. (Kelsey Grammer did suit up in face paint and blue fur for X-Men 3, after all.)

Sarsgaard most recently starred in An Education, and is currently shooting The Ledge with Terrence Howard and Evan Rachel Wood.

Of course, with casting for Hector Hammond underway, all that’s left to cast seems to be Sinestro.

Green Lantern is expected to begin filming in March.

Source: MTV News