Matthew Goode Up For Chan-wook Park’s ‘Stoker’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 10:58 am,

One of the more intriguing upcoming projects on the horizon for dedicated cinemaphiles is director Chan-wook Park’s English-language debut, Stoker – and not just because screenwriter Wentworth Miller (star of Prison Break and Resident Evil: Afterlife) has already denied rumors that the film is a straightforward vampire horror tale. Or that it has anything to do with blood-suckers, implications of its title aside.

A handful of well-regarded actors are said to have been circling the mysterious male lead role in Stoker – including Oscar-winner Colin Firth and X-Men: First Class‘ Michael Fassbender. The role now looks to have been snagged by Watchmen star, Matthew Goode.

Variety has confirmed that Goode is in talks to play the lead in Stoker, a mysterious thriller about a teenage girl (Mia Wasikowska) who is in mourning for her recently-deceased father when an uncle (Goode) she never met before arrives to become her family’s new patriarch. Bizarre events begin to occur thereafter, suggesting that Goode’s character may not be all that he seems – hence the rumors about him secretly being a creature of the night.

Miller, however, has suggested that Stoker isn’t merely a modernized take of sorts on Dracula; rather, he has likened the “not easy to describe” project to a Hithcockian thriller in the vein of Shadow of a Doubt, another horror-drama about the sudden appearance of a mysterious uncle in a young woman’s life.

However, Stoker apparently goes off in “a very, very different direction” than Shadow does. Considering that Miller’s screenplay was enough to attract the interest of Park (helmer of the “Vengeance Trilogy” and titles like I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK), that could mean something pretty interesting – or, rather, twisted – starts to go down.

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Goode in ‘Watchmen’

Fan reactions to Goode’s version of Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias in Watchmen generally seem to fall on the mixed to negative side, with the common complaint being that he is too obviously an ambiguous (read: semi-villainous) figure in the film. That’s worth mentioning, simply because it sounds as though Goode’s character in Stoker will be cut from a similar cloth (the charismatic but less-than-scrupulous type). All the same, much of Goode’s Watchmen performance had to do with how Ozymandias was written – especially since Goode has proven himself to be a worthy actor in other, more independent projects before (see: Brideshead Revisited, A Single Man, The Lookout).

Potential quibbles about Goode aside, Stoker definitely sounds like a worthy title to keep an eye out for. With an interesting premise, stars like Wasikowska and Nicole Kidman as cast members, and Park at the helm, it could definitely turn out as quite the memorable psychological thriller. That idea would be all the more welcomed by Park fans, who want to see the director of cult titles like Oldboy and Thirst successfully burst onto the Hollywood scene.

There’s no official release date yet for Stoker, but look for the film to hit theaters sometime in 2012.

Source: Variety

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  1. Because he was soooooo good in Watchmen…Oh no, wait, he really wasnt.

    • But even with the way the character was written, it was still a solid performance. Like the article said, it was too obvious. But the job he did with the character was well done.

    • Hahahaha! good to see you’re still around DSB!! :)

  2. OHHH MY GOSHHH!!!! I M SO F*****G THRILLED!!! I mean Chan-Wook is one of my very favorite directors, because of the fact that he is an extremely good cinematic narrator…!! Narration and story, my friends, is all that matters after all, and with Hollywood producing the same and the same and the same patterns, oh how vitally needed must they be Chan Wook’s fresh, exotic and full of life narrations… with the director absolutely respecting (maybe I should say adoring) his characters! Like Tarantino does!
    Ok, Miller as a screenwriter…? Shocked!

  3. Oooooooooo!!! Chan-Wook huh!!! that’s awesome can’t wait to see this movie I have been a big fan of Wook for awhile, the Vengeance Trilogy was great! Hopefully he can bring some much needed fresh air to Hollywood.

  4. Les Daniels’ “The Black castle” would be a book that would be good as a vampire film….vampires and Grand Inquisitors during the Spanish Inquisition–and they are brothers!

  5. BoNe1 1 week ago

    Hahahaha! good to see you’re still around DSB!

    bonee1 is obsess with dsb. get on your knees bone1and lay on the ground open your mouth and listen to the sound of my big black boots.

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