Josh Brolin Locked In For Oldboy Remake

He's now starring...

His name has been linked to the film for a while now, but Josh Brolin has signed on the dotted line to star in Spike Lee’s planned remake of Oldboy.

I Am Legend writer Mark Protosevich adapted the current script from Park Chan-Wook’s 2004 original. Brolin will feature as a man who is kidnapped on his daughter’s birthday and held by a mystery villain in solitary confinement for 15 years without knowing why. But when he’s released and handed the tools to get revenge on those who kept him a prisoner, he soon learns that it’s all part of a bigger plan. And, naturally, violence ensues…

Lee is taking over from Steven Spielberg, who originally nabbed the rights to remake the movie in 2008 and planned to have Will Smith in the lead. Now, though, Brolin will be the main man and there’s apparently an offer out to Christian Bale to play the villain, though he’s yet to make his mind up about any post-Dark Knight Rises work.

Brolin’s in for a busy time over the next few months: he’s about to start work on Gangster Squad before finding time for Oldboy and then Jason Reitman’s next planned movie, Labor Day, which sees him playing a fugitive on the run who hides out with Kate Winslet. He’ll next be seen in Men in Black 3, which finally arrives on May 25, 2012…