It looks like Mia Wasikowska, the star of Tim Burton’s new-jack “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Kids Are All Right”, is going to team up with Park Chan-wook, the director behind “Oldboy” and “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance”. Wasikowska is in talks to star in “Stoker”, a new thriller to be helmed by the Korean director. She will play “an eccentric teen whose enigmatic and estranged uncle returns to the family after the death of the girl’s father”, and then things start happening, and if Park’s track record is any indication, they will creepy, disturbing, possibly difficult to watch things.
Carry Mulligan and Jodie Foster have both been attached to the script, which was written by Wentworth Miller of “Prison Break” under a pseudonym, but both have dropped out. Ridley and Tony Scott are still on board as producers.
The most exciting part of this equation is the Park Chan-wook part. “Stoker” will be his first English language production, and his first feature since 2009’s “Thirst”, though we’re all highly anticipating his short “Paranmanjang” (“Night Fishing”), which was filmed entirely on a modified iPhone. It will be curious to see how his style and pacing will translate across borders, and if Hollywood will give him enough of a leash to make his own movie instead of monkeying with his aesthetic.