Well, it sure took them a long time to find someone to menace Josh Brolin in Spike Lee’s “Oldboy” remake, but after a long search (and after many a movie stars have already passed on the role), Lee and company seems to have found their villain: “District 9″ and “The A-Team” alum Sharlto Copley.
Trade news has the actor being offered the lead role, and is currently in “early talks” to join the cast of the Lee remake, which is scheduled to star Brolin as a mysteriously imprisoned man who is suddenly freed by his captors after 15 years. Our hero does what all mysteriously imprisoned man does upon his release — he tries to seek revenge against the man responsible for his misery, which in this case would be Copley, a slick villain with his own mysterious motives.
Elizabeth Olsen will play the young cook who helps Brolin’s on his quest.
Copley’s casting comes after other actors, including Clive Owen, Colin Firth, and Christian Bale were rumored to have passed on the role. Ten years ago you would never have heard of actors passing on roles until years later, but in today’s brave new world, everyone knows.
“Oldboy” is a remake of the South Korean film of the same name from 2003 by Chan-wook Park. The original starred Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, and Hye-jeong Kang. It will be interesting to see just how violent and twisted the remake will be compared to the original.
Via : Showblitz