After Colin Firth sadly opted out of playing the bad guy in Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake, the door was left open for a replacement. However, considering Firth’s reputation and the fact the word of mouth was incredibly positive at him being cast, the replacement has to be a good one. Thankfully the choice could not be any better as Twitch found out the role was now being offered to Clive Owen!
For me, personally, I believe Owen is an even better choice as a lot of his characters are blessed with a real nasty side. Whether he is playing hero or villain, there is a certain darkness Owen brings to his roles which would suit the character perfectly. Also, considering this bad guy has to go head to head with Josh Brolin, you need someone as confident and menacing as Owen, and seeing these two heavyweight character actors face off to one another would very much be a dream come true.
Owen has yet to say yes, however he and Lee both worked together on Inside Man so it is likely Owen would want to work with him again.
In other news, Alice in Wonderlan’s Mia Wasikowska has been offered the role of the female lead in the film. She would be playing a suitable role for her as an actress, although the role has also been offered to Rooney Mara. Should Wasikowska take the role, however, in a bizarre move it would mean her doing this after appearing in Park Chan-wook’s English language film Stoker. The bizarre thing is that the original Oldboy, and second part of the Vengeance trilogy, was Chan-wook’s biggest film which got him the attention he deserves today!
In case your wondering what all this Oldboy talk is about, here is the synopsis for the original film:
An average man is kidnapped and imprisoned in a shabby cell for 15 years without explanation. He then is released, equipped with money, a cellphone and expensive clothes. As he strives to explain his imprisonment and get his revenge, Oh Dae-Su soon finds out that his kidnapper has a greater plan for him and is set onto a path of pain and suffering in an attempt to uncover the motive of his mysterious tormentor.
By Matt Wavish