Peter Sarsgaard to play "Green Lantern" villain

Tue Jan 12, 2010 8:57pm EST
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By Borys Kit

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Peter Sarsgaard is in negotiations to play the villain in "Green Lantern," a big-budget movie based starring Ryan Reynolds as the DC Comics superhero.

Sarsgaard will play Dr. Hector Hammond, 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. The character was created by John Broome and Gil Kane in the early 1960s.

Reynolds is starring as Hal Jordan, the test pilot who finds a downed spacecraft with a dying alien who passes him a powerful ring, introducing Jordan to an interstellar police force known as the Green Lanterns. Blake Lively has already been cast as Reynolds' love interest, Carol Ferris.

The movie is prepping for a March start in New Orleans, with Martin Campbell directing the Warner Bros. project. Sarsgaard, who starred opposite Carey Mulligan in "An Education," recently wrapped "Knight and Day" with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz.