As we learned from FilmDrunk, Josh Brolin has been cast to play the lead in Spike Lee’s remake of the 2003 South Korean film Oldboy by director Park Chan-wook.
The original movie won the ‘Gran Prix of the Jury’ at Cannes in 2004, and therefore has some big shoes to fill.
We have also talked about it here before, but I’ve included the trailer for you again.
The story, which is based on a Japanese manga, revolves around a man who is imprisoned for 15 years for no apparent reason, and then set free randomly. He then sets off to track down his captor which opens up a whole conspiracy and intrigue. Josh Brolin has the chops to do this part well, but will there ever be a point where American audiences can just accept a foreign film as good as this, rather than remake it?
There is also a rumor that
Bruce Wayne Christian Bale has been offered the role of the villain. Bale has been a very good creepy person and would make a good bad guy.
I would recommend that if you have Netflix, watch the original Oldboy (it’s available for streaming) before you see any remake.