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Clive Owen to Play Spike Lee’s Oldboy Villain, Mia Wasikowska Offered Female Lead?

21 December 2011 6:24 AM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

A few months ago we learned that Josh Brolin would be starring in Spike Lee's upcoming remake of Park Chan-wook's Oldboy. There were also rumours circulating that Christian Bale or Colin Firth would play the villain, but now they both seem to have fallen by the wayside as this week a new frontrunner has taken their spot. According to Twitch, Clive Owen is in talks to reteam with the director of Inside Man for this project. It is also being reported by Twitch that Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) has been offered the female lead of the film. Neither have officially signed on as of yet, but are expected to make a decision shortly. Although Bale and Firth might be slightly bigger draws, Clive Owen seems like a great choice for the villain if you ask me. The man can be both menacing and charming, and I'm actually surprised »

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Mia Wasikowska Preps to Lead New Version of 'Oldboy'

19 December 2011 7:27 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Mia Wasikowska is no longer in Wonderland. Then again, maybe she is. The twenty-two year-old starlet's dance card has been packed ever since her breakout role in the Oscar-winning dramedy "The Kids Are All Right," and it seems she's just landed yet another prized role.

Word on the streets of Tinseltown is that the flaxen-haired beauty has been offered the female lead of Spike Lee's remake of "Oldboy." The only catch? She may have to bail out of Park Chan-Wook's English language film debut, "Stoker," to make room for this Lee project. Oh, and Chan-Wook just happens to be the director of the original "Oldboy." (Talk about a weird triangle.)

If she accepts the role of Marie, Wasikowska will star opposite Josh Brolin, who plays a man imprisoned with no explanation for years and who sets out to take revenge on his captor when he is released. Can't say we blame him. »

- Elizabeth Durand

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Spike Lee lines up candidates for Oldboy's villain and female lead roles

18 December 2011 11:11 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Spike Lee's adaptation of Oldboy is in need of a villain and a female lead. And a few potential candidates may just have been found...

With Colin Firth ruling himself out of the villain role in Spike Lee’s adaptation of Oldboy, the director was left searching for a suitable alternative. It now seems as though he’s found a candidate in Clive Owen.

Owen and Lee worked together on Inside Man, so this may be a deal that can be closed fairly quickly. While Owen lacks Firth's current high profile, he’s delivered a number of great performances, and has shown that he play both intellectual and menacing characters on a number of occasions. Particularly in certain scenes in Closer, and of course, in Inside Man. Do try and dig out a copy of ITV's 1990s drama series Chancer, too. It's one of Owen's best pieces of work. »

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Mia Wasikowska Circles Female Lead In Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’

17 December 2011 9:00 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Yesterday, we reported Clive Owen may be replacing Colin Firth the lead villain in Spike Lee‘s Oldboy remake, which would be his second antagonist role in a Lee film after 2006′s Inside Man. More rumours about the upcoming revenge thriller are now circling with Twitch reporting that rising star Mia Wasikowska has been offered the female lead role of Marie, after it was initially offered to Rooney Mara. Again, this is not a definitive confirmation, but should she choose to accept, she would be appearing in a remake of Park Chan-Wook‘s 2003 film in addition to starring in his upcoming English language debut, the highly anticipated Stoker.

At just 22 years of age, Wasikowska has already starred in films by directors such as Tim Burton and Gus Van Sant, as well as appearing in the Oscar nominated The Kids Are All Right. She broke onto the scene with her sublime »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Clive Owen in Talks for Villain Role in Oldboy Remake

17 December 2011 4:08 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Spike Lee is directing the upcoming "Oldboy" remake that has Josh Brolin on board to play the lead character. Even though Colin Firth (The King's Speech) was in talks to take on the villain of the film, he eventually backed out. Twitch has now learned that an offer has gone out to Clive Owen to replace Firth. Lee and Owen have a bit of history, since both worked on "The Inside Man" and have been considering re-teaming for a while. Although many thought it would on "The Inside Man" sequel. Meanwhile, "Alice in Wonderland" star Mia Wasikowska is in talks to play the female lead after negotiations with Rooney Mara (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) broke down. Wasikowska will actually star in "Stoker," which is the English-language debut of Park Chan-Wook, the director of the original "Oldboy" film. »

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Mia Wasikowska Offered Female Lead In Spike Lee's Oldboy

17 December 2011 2:25 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Source: Twitch via Collider Following the news that Clive Owen is in talks to play the lead villain in Oldboy, a role that Colin Firth passed on, we now have word that another acting talent is in talks to join the cast. Twitch reports that the key female lead has been offered to Mia Wasikowska, who has drawn rave reviews for her work in the The Kids Are All Right and Jane Eyre. Like Owen, her role was originally offered to another, in this case Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo). Collider points out that if Wasikowska takes the role, it will be with a touch of irony as Wasikowska has just wrapped the horror film Stoker, the English-language directorial debut of Park Chan-wook, who directed the original 2003 South Korean version of Oldboy. If things for both actors manage to progress beyond the widely-interpreted "talking" stage, »

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Clive Owen, Mia Wasikowska Offered Roles in Spike Lee’s Oldboy

17 December 2011 12:20 AM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Clive Owen and Mia Wasikowska were reportedly offered the two remaining leading roles in Oldboy, following passes from both Colin Firth and Rooney Mara who were first approached to take on the same roles. Offer to play the antagonist  have gone out to Christian Bale, firstly. While Wasikowska has some history with Park Chan-wook, the [...]

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Mia Wasikowska Offered Female Lead In Spike Lee's Oldboy Remake

16 December 2011 6:57 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

So far, news pertaining to the planned Oldboy remake has ranged from .Huh?. to .Ok, cool,. to .Please God, stop.. First, I.m opposed to a remake of a film that.s fantastic in its own right. What.s the point? But if you simply must repackage Park Chan-wook vengeance mystery, casting Josh Brolin in the lead is a solid idea. I.m not sure I.d go with Spike Lee as the director, but if he.s able to recruit Inside Man collaborator Clive Owen as the picture.s chief villain, all the better. Now the casting wheel is spinning once again. Twitch says The Kids Are All Right star Mia Wasikowska has been offered the lead female role opposite Brolin in Lee.s remake. Coincidentally, Wasikowska just wrapped work on Park.s first English-language picture, Stoker, about a young girl whose strange uncle shows up days after her »

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Breaking: Mia Wasikowska Offered Female Lead In Spike Lee's Oldboy

16 December 2011 5:00 PM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

In an interesting piece of synchronicity it appears that Mia Wasikowska may be moving from Oldboy director Park Chan-Wook's English language debut Stoker to Spike Lee's remake of Park's breakout film.Twitch has learned that Wasikowska has been offered the role of Marie, the female lead of the gritty thriller. The role was previously offered to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara but Wasikowska seems an excellent choice as well.If she accepts the young actress will be playing opposite Josh Brolin in the lead as a man imprisoned against his will and with no explanation for years before he is released and sets out to find and take revenge on his captor. The villain's role had previously been offered to Colin Firth »

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Mia Wasikowska in Talks to Join Spike Lee's Oldboy Remake!

16 December 2011 2:42 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Twitch Film first reported on plans for an Oldboy remake with Spike Lee directing and Mark Protosevich writing the script and Doug Davison and Roy Lee of Mandate producing the tale of a man bent on revenge after being held hostage for 15 years without explanation. Twitch continued to update the latest reports on Old Boy with news of Lee offering the lead female role to Mia Wasikowska of Jane Eyre, Alice in Wonderland, Restless and The Kids Are All Right. Wasikowska recently wrapped work on Park Chan-wook’s English-language debut Stoker; which might explain her interest in joining a remake of Park’s Oldboy. »

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Mia Wasikowska in Talks to Join Spike Lee's Oldboy Remake!

16 December 2011 2:42 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Twitch Film first reported on plans for an Oldboy remake with Spike Lee directing and Mark Protosevich writing the script and Doug Davison and Roy Lee of Mandate producing the tale of a man bent on revenge after being held hostage for 15 years without explanation. Twitch continued to update the latest reports on Old Boy with news of Lee offering the lead female role to Mia Wasikowska of Jane Eyre, Alice in Wonderland, Restless and The Kids Are All Right. Wasikowska recently wrapped work on Park Chan-wook’s English-language debut Stoker; which might explain her interest in joining a remake of Park’s Oldboy. »

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Mia Wasikowska in Talks to Join Spike Lee's Oldboy Remake!

16 December 2011 2:42 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Twitch Film first reported on plans for an Oldboy remake with Spike Lee directing and Mark Protosevich writing the script and Doug Davison and Roy Lee of Mandate producing the tale of a man bent on revenge after being held hostage for 15 years without explanation. Twitch continued to update the latest reports on Old Boy with news of Lee offering the lead female role to Mia Wasikowska of Jane Eyre, Alice in Wonderland, Restless and The Kids Are All Right. Wasikowska recently wrapped work on Park Chan-wook’s English-language debut Stoker; which might explain her interest in joining a remake of Park’s Oldboy. »

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The 2011 Black List Includes War, Murder, Zombie, Space & Chewbacca Dramas

12 December 2011 9:56 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Franklin Leonard‘s Black List is the go-to list for the hottest unproduced screenplays in Hollywood. Just last year we got Margin Call, which is now one of the most-praised films of the year. The list also includes Doug Liman‘s next film, the thriller All You Need is Kill. David Guggenheim‘s Safe House hits theaters next spring with Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington starring. Chan-wook Park‘s English-language debut Stoker was also in the top 10, along with Ben Affleck‘s recently wrapped CIA hostage film Argo, both arriving next fall.

Today, the top 10 has been unveiled and we get quite a mix of genres. There is a satirical behind-the-scenes film from Chewbacca aka Peter Mayhew‘s point-of-view, a zombie film, a homosexual WWII drama, a Melancholia-esque drama on separate people finding peace before the world ends, a space film about a botched Apollo 18 mission and much more »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Colin Firth On 'Oldboy' Villain: 'I'm Thinking About It'

22 November 2011 10:46 AM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

The last we heard, Colin Firth had been approached to play Adrian, the villain in Spike Lee's upcoming "Oldboy" adaptation.

When MTV News sat down with the Academy Award-winning actor for his new film, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," Firth remained more or less mum about potentially taking part in the revenge thriller.

"I've heard the rumors, as you have," Firth said. "I'm thinking about it, yeah."

If he were to take the role, he would have a sinister part ahead of him. Adrian is the man responsible for locking up Josh Brolin's character for years without any explanation. When Brolin's character begins to his journey to find Adrian and exact his revenge, secrets about their shared past are revealed.

Reports about how Lee plans on approaching the remake have indicated that he'll take both Chan-wook Park's film and the manga which that version was based on. Firth »

- Kevin P. Sullivan

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The Top Five Most Memorable Characters in the Films of Park Chan-Wook

18 November 2011 7:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Rumours have been flying about for years as to who is set to star in the Us remake of Park Chan-wook’s master class in revenge thrillers, Oldboy. Along with director Spike Lee, Josh Brolin and Christian Bale are the latest names dangling from the proverbial grapevine.

And while this might be an improvement on that tense time when Will Smith was still in contention, they’re going to have to pull something pretty spectacular out of the bag to live up to the original.

With eight feature films and a fair few shorts under his belt, Park has established himself as a force to be reckoned with on the world cinema stage. He’s a risk-taker, confident enough to throw himself to the wolves knowing that he’ll come out unscathed. This is, after all, the man whose Berlin Golden Bear-winning short, Night Fishing, was filmed entirely on an iPhone. »

- Guest

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Casting Bits: Sharon Stone in ‘Lovelace;’ Jacki Weaver and Alan Arkin in ‘Wild Oats;’ Ezra Miller Not in ‘Akira’

17 November 2011 4:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Sharon Stone was a big deal in the '90s thanks to Basic Instinct in 1992, but she's got a lower profile lately. She's been working very steadily, but it doesn't feel that way. I can't remember the last time I saw a memorable Stone performance. Probably either Broken Flowers ('05) or Alpha Dog ('06). Law & Order: Svu fans would probably point to her recurring role on that show. I don't know if anyone would point to Basic Instinct 2 ('06) even though the image above makes her appearance in that one look like a different version of the X-Men's Emma Frost. She might get more attention playing the mother of a porn star. Stone is now set to play the mother of Linda Lovelace (possibly played by Amanda Seyfried) in Lovelace. That's one of two Linda Lovelace films in development right now, and the one that will be directed by »

- Russ Fischer

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Daily Briefing. Wenders, Rainer vs Abramović, Streep's Thatcher and More

16 November 2011 3:44 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Big one today. Let's begin with Movieline's St VanAirsdale introducing his interview with Wim Wenders: "Until the End of the World was conceived over most of the 80s, filmed on four continents (including video smuggled out of China), and foresaw a future abetted by such diversions as mobile viewing devices, proto-gps and a highly sought-after contraption that records images for the blind. Starring William Hurt, Sam Neill, Solveig Dommartin, Jeanne Moreau and Max von Sydow among an international ensemble of actors, the film also skyrocketed to a $23 million budget and found its distributors — including Warner Bros in the United States — requiring cuts that reduced it to barely a quarter of Wenders's original vision. Later locked in at just under five hours, it's the type of material that today would be a shoo-in for a cable miniseries that could probably win Emmys for everyone involved. Twenty years on, however, it's relatively lost to the mainstream, »

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Colin Firth To Make Josh Brolin’s Life Hell In Oldboy Remake?

12 November 2011 2:17 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Director Spike Lee had wanted Christian Bale to play the tortured villain part in his English-language remake of Chan-wook Park’s Korean epic Oldboy but with The Dark Knight Rises actor seemingly reluctant, Lee is turning attention elsewhere.

Twitch, the source of all information concerning this remake, say Lee has made an official offer to Colin Firth to play Adrian, one of the last decade’s most disturbed villains. He is the guy who imprisons our lead Joe (Dae-su Oh in the Korean original but Josh Brolin in the new remake) for 15 years before setting him free onto the world, but giving him only four days to work out the reason for his imprisonment, or else his daughter will be killed. This leads to one of recent cinema’s most memorable climaxes where Firth & Brolin would square off and as much as I hate the idea of remaking such a perfect film, »

- Matt Holmes

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'Akira' Eyes Ezra Miller, Alden Ehrenreich For Tetsuo

7 November 2011 7:57 AM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

"Akira" continues its violent rampage towards the big screen, with director Jaume Collet-Serra's adaptation of the widely loved anime and manga setting its sights on numerous actors. Garrett Hedlund is reportedly the man to play Kaneda, and now we're hearing word on who could star as his best pal, Tetsuo.

The Hollywood Reporter identifies Ezra Miller ("We Need to Talk About Kevin," "The Perks of Being a Wallflower") and Alden Ehrenreich ("Tetro," "Stoker") as the names popping up most frequently in connection to Tetsuo, the telekinetic teen who becomes the driving force of much of the action as "Akira" barrels forward.

Both Miller and Ehrenreich aren't exactly household names just yet, though they're sure to make their mark in the coming weeks and months. Miller's work as a troubled teenager who spearheads a high school killing spree in "We Need to Talk About Kevin" has been getting rave reviews »

- Josh Wigler

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Phillip Noyce’s ‘My Wild Life’ with Nicole Kidman Scheduled for Early 2012 Start

3 November 2011 9:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] As Salt director Phillip Noyce weighs the options for his next move, one long-gestating project has begun to pick up steam. Late last year, Noyce took over the helm of My Wild Life (formerly titled Our Wild Life), a drama based the real-life story of Kenyan elephant conservationist Daphne Sheldrick, and Nicole Kidman began circling [2] the lead role this past spring. As Noyce and Kidman got busy with other things, however, My Wild Life seemed to fall by the wayside. But Kidman is now officially attached to star, and with Mandalay Pictures working on getting the rights from New Line, the biopic could be hitting theaters during next year's holiday season. More details after the jump. My Wild Life has been in the works since last year, with Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook) originally slated to direct. However, he jumped ship and eventually sued New Line for not letting him direct »

- Angie Han

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