Spike Lee’s remake of the classic Korean film, Oldboy, seems to be taking forever to get going. Josh Brolin was cast as the male lead months ago, and it seems the film still hasn’t managed to secure a cast. Many have come and gone over the months, including Christian Bale, Clive Owen, Rooney Mara and Mia Wasikowska. All those names have come onboard, and then jumped ship, and the question you have to wonder is why?
The female lead has now been offered to the golden girl of Sundance 2011, Elizabeth Olsen. After her staggering performance in Martha Marcy May Marlene last year, and what looks to be another superb performance in the upcoming remake of Silent House, the quieter Olsen sister is becoming hot property. Will she take the role? Sources say her schedule would allow for it, but with so many leaving the project, is she too smart and may decide not to?
There’s appears to be something wrong with Spike Lee’s remake, aside from the fact the remake is totally unnecessary, too many names have left after signing up for it not to be a concern. It could simply be a scheduling conflict, but then again it might be something to do with how Lee intends to make the film? Who knows. All we know for sure is that the Oldboy remake is a LONG way off yet.
By Matt Wavish