[It's Confirmed: Sharlto Copley will play the villain in Spike Lee's Oldboy.]
Spike Lee’s remake/re-interpretation of Old Boy continues to anger those who swear by Korean director Chan-wook Park’s version. Regardless of the hate from certain sectors, the American version of Old Boy continues to build an impressive cast, which already includes Men in Black III star Josh Brolin in the lead role, and Silent House‘s Elizabeth Olsen in the lead female role.
Today we have word on the third pivotal part of Old Boy: the villain that torments Brolin’s character in truly twisted ways.
For those who don’t know, Old Boy was a manga (comic) that become the 2003 hit Korean film. Both the comic and the film will be melded into Lee’s version, which is reset in America and will feature even more gruesome elements than the foreign version. The tale centers around a man (Brolin) who is abducted without warning and imprisoned in a room for 15 years. One day he is set free without explanation, and his mysterious antagonist gives him just 5 days to discover the reason for his strange incarceration. The man is soon accompanied by a caseworker (Olsen) and together, the pair delve into the mystery of the man’s past.
Variety reports that Sharlto Copley (District 9, The A-Team) has been offered the role of the villainous billionaire in Old Boy. If accepted, Copley would be taking a part that has had some pretty big names previously attached to it, including Clive Owen, Colin Firth and Christian Bale. Copley has already proven to be an effective actor in both leading and supporting roles, and has left a solid impression despite his short resume.
Then again, one does have to wonder why some of those aforementioned actors didn’t take the part. Could’ve been business, could’ve been timing… but one has to wonder if quality was an issue. No pressure for screenwriter Mark Protosevich (Thor, I Am Legend).
Old Boy is due out sometime in 2013.