Elizabeth Olsen In Talks To Play The Female Lead In The Oldboy Remake


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.

Author: Brent McKnight

Brent McKnight lives in Seattle with his dogs. He likes beards, movies where things explode, and overcast skies. His three favorite movies are "Rubin and Ed", "A Bittersweet Life", and "Out for Justice". He wishes his knees didn't hurt. On Twitter @BrentMMcKnight
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  • Juggernaut

    She’d be good in the role. Now, who will play the villain???

  • http://g00.me/7k << Work at home, $45/h, link

    Stupid is as stupid does

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

    It’ll be interesting to see how much of that “twisted stuff” remains in the remake. They’re already changing her occupation, after all…

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Indeed! That movie messed me up for a bit!!

    • http://twitter.com/BrentMMcKnight Brent McKnight

      I know. I ‘m curious about how much they’re going to water things down. As little as possible, I hope, but those hopes are not high.

  • Lexavi80

    Really? Man, I have to check Oldboy out.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Check out the whole “Vengeance Trilogy”
      “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance”
      “Lady Vengeance”

      • http://twitter.com/BrentMMcKnight Brent McKnight

        It’s hard to go wrong with those three.