Turns out that was just a load of rumor with a topping of lies because director Martin Campbell hasn't heard anything about that. In fact, he let MTV know the truth: Mark Strong is currently in negotiations to play the role and Haley has never been considered. Or, in the man's own words, beginning with his thoughts on Strong: "He's not only a wonderful actor, but he looks like Sinestro...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."
There. Done. Debunked.
Although I was definitely interested in seeing Haley in the role, Strong may actually be a better choice. In addition to being a captivating performer, Strong is a truly menacing physical presence, the kind of guy whose stare alone can make you fall on your knees and beg for mercy. Not to mention, as Campbell says, his resemblance to the source character is uncanny.
Strong has been carving out a niche in the geeky movie market recently, with roles in Sherlock Holmes, Kick-Ass and the currently filming John Carter of Mars, so this feels like a natural step forward for the man. Green Lantern starts filming in March.