Colin Firth Reportedly Offered Villain Role in Spike Lee's <i>Oldboy</i>

Oscar winner Colin Firth has been offered a role opposite Josh Brolin in Spike Lee's remake of Park Chan-Wook’s South Korean revenge classic Oldboy, Twitch reports.

According to the website, which has had the inside track on the movie -- it was the first to peg Lee as director and Brolin as the star -- Firth would play Adrian, the man who orchestrates the imprisonment of Brolin's character.

Based on the manga series by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi, Oldboy centers on a man kidnapped and held captive for 15 years with only a television for company. When he’s suddenly released, he sets out to discover the identity of his captor and the reason for his imprisonment, only to find that his kidnapper has even worse plans for him. The original film, released in 2003, won the Grand Prize Jury Award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

The Mandate Pictures version features a screenplay by Mark Protosevich (I am Legend, Thor).

Twitch points out that, in a strange coincidence, Firth had been attached at one point to play a key role in Park's English-language debut Stoker. The actor, who earned an Academy Award for his portrayal of George VI in The King's Speech, will next be seen in Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy.

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