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There have been a lot of casting rumors surrounding Spike Lee’s impending remake of Park Chan-wook’s South Korean revenge thriller “Oldboy”. Josh Brolin is secure in the role of the protagonist, but beyond that everything seems to be little more than hearsay and conjecture. Both the villain role and the female lead have had numerous names attached to them, none of which have panned out.
It is now being widely reported that Elizabeth Olsen, AKA the superior Olsen, has been offered the role of Marie, the female lead. She’ll play “the caseworker who helps investigate the past of the character being played by Brolin, a man kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years and inexplicably released.”
Olsen was incredible in “Martha Marcy May Marlene”, and if you’re familiar with the original “Oldboy”, you know that there is a whole lot of twisted stuff for the young actress to dig into in this story. As skeptical as I am about this entire endeavor (the words unnecessary and blasphemy come up quite often when I talk about the “Oldboy” remake), I like this choice. In her burgeoning career Olsen has shown herself to be not only immensely talented, but game to take on darker roles, and “Oldboy” certainly falls on the shady side of the street.