We heard a month and a half ago that Josh Brolin was a favorite to star in Spike Lee's adaptation of Oldboy, and now it's official.
Brolin has landed the lead in Lee's take on Park Chan-wook's 2003 South Korean film for Mandate Pictures, Deadline reports. Production will begin in March 2012, after Brolin wraps up his work on Ruben Fleischer's Gangster Squad. The actor recently wrapped production on Men in Black 3, which hits theaters next May.
Brolin and Lee will be taking their cues from a script written by Mark Protosevich, who is also producing alongside Vertigo Entertainment and Lee's 40 Acres & A Mule. The English-language re-do dates back to 2008, when DreamWorks picked up the rights with an eye toward Steven Spielberg directing and Will Smith starring. I think we can all agree that the vision for the film would have been vastly different with that headlining duo, as compared to Lee/Brolin.