[Actor Wentworth Miller (who is writing Stoker) has denied the film is about Vampires. Scroll down for the full update.]
With a name like Stoker, you’d assume that director Park Chan-wook’s long-awaited English-language debut would be about vampires, but until now nobody has been sure. In fact, the only plot description we’ve heard is that “strange things begin to happen” when an eccentric teenage girl (played by Alice in Wonderland‘s Mia Wasikowska) sees her estranged and mysterious uncle join her family following the death of their patriarch.
However, according to the U.K.’s Daily Mail newspaper (via News of the World), Stoker is definitely about vampires and, furthermore, now has Academy Award-winner Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman listed as potential stars. Firth would play the uncle, who is discovered to be a vampire (a pretty good explanation for those “strange things” I would imagine).
Park Chan-wook (or Chan-wook Park, depending on where you’re from) is widely known for his brilliant and shockingly violent “Vengeance Trilogy” (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance). However, the director has also received international acclaim for his 2009 film Thirst, which was also about vampires.
From the mega-blockbuster teen franchise Twilight to the upcoming period piece action film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, vampire movies are quite popular at the moment. Normally, that would cause me to step back and say, “Let’s try something new for a change,” but with Chan-wook at the helm and Ridley Scott and Tony Scott producing, I’m actually quite interested to see what Stoker is all about.
Of course, you shouldn’t take this news to the bank just yet. As much as we love our friends in the U.K., British tabloids are not always the best source of information on movies. Again, I would be surprised if a movie called Stoker wasn’t about vampires, but until we hear anything about the film officially, let’s consider this a RUMOR.
Collider previously published a Comic-Con interview with writer/actor Wentworth Miller denying rumors that Stoker would be a vampire film. Unless the script has changed drastically, it sounds as if Miller has a different type of dark and twisted gothic film planned:
“It’s not easy to describe. It’s a horror film, a family drama and a psychological thriller, all wrapped up in one. The jumping off point is actually Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt. So, that’s where we begin, and then we take it in a very, very different direction.”