The movie website Twitch, which seems to have the inside track on Oldboy, reports that Elizabeth Olsen is in early talks to star opposite Josh Brolin in director Spike Lee’s remake of the South Korean revenge thriller. Heat Vision confirms the story, adding that insiders contend a deal is likely.
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. Director Park Chan-Wook’s original film, released in 2003, won the Grand Prize Jury Award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.
Olsen, the younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, received widespread acclaim for her feature-film debut in the 2011 independent drama Martha Marcy May Marlene. She would play the role previously offered to Rooney Mara and Mia Wasikowska, that of the caseworker who helps to investigate the past of Brolin’s character.
The Mandate Pictures film features a screenplay by Mark Protosevich (I am Legend, Thor). Roy Lee and Doug Davison (The Departed, The Grudge) will produce, with Protosevich co-producing. Mandate President Nathan Kahane will executive produce.
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