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Colin Firth May Be Oldboy's Villain
UPDATE: Or maybe he won't.

08 December 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Twitch

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Colin Firth May Be Oldboy's Villain

Update: Bad news if you were hoping to see Firth get his evil mojo flowing, as Twitch has now heard that he's passed on the film. They're gonna need another baddie!

Despite initial worries about the idea of remaking Park Chan-Wook’s cult revenge thriller Oldboy, Spike Lee’s take on the story really seems to be locking in some solid talent, with Colin Firth now reportedly offered the role of the villain.

According to the team at Twitch – which has been a reliable source for news on the new movie – Firth has been approached about playing Adrian. If he signs on, he’ll be the nasty sort who imprisons Josh Brolin, leading some suitably violent retribution.

Lee has been slowly and carefully building the cast for the film (he had wanted Rooney Mara for one of the leads, but she’s apparently passed), and is definitely targeting great actors for the roles. Firth is best known for his heroic performances, but he's shown an underrated capacity for villainy before and we'd be intrigued to see what he'll do with a thorough no-goodnik.

Firth will next crop up as a con man in Gambit and will get his first taste of vengeful character acting in The Railway Man, about a survivor of World War II’s “death railway” in Burma who decides to track down his captors…


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RE: Colin Firth May Be Oldboy's Villain
L: elab49 s for Oldboy i-Tae was - but it also fit into the brother-sister relationship that kicked it off (and emphasised that Oh Dae-Su had aged badly in captivity). The other way round? They have to change things, I think. rue. I didn't really think about it in Oldboy. Until it was mentioned in the extras. Just accepted they were the same age. More

Posted by target at 21:46 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: If they fuck this up I'm going after them with a hammer.
Before anyone calls the police...not really. But I will be severely pissed off! More

Posted by evildave69 at 21:28 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

If they fuck this up I'm going after them with a hammer.
What an interesting piece of casting...if it goes ahead. At least it gives me some faith that it won't be a complete and utter redundant mess. It will also give Firth another string to his bow, which he has steadily been adding to for the past few years. I saw A Serious Man the other day. He has certainly come along way since Bridget Jones...at least someone has. In my opinion the original is near perfect and although much loved by its followers, is still criminally underrated as I see it as one More

Posted by evildave69 at 21:27 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Colin Firth May Be Oldboy's Villain
s for Oldboy i-Tae was - but it also fit into the brother-sister relationship that kicked it off (and emphasised that Oh Dae-Su had aged badly in captivity). The other way round? They have to change things, I think. More

Posted by elab49 at 19:20 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Colin Firth May Be Oldboy's Villain
L: elab49 Brolin has already been cast as Oh Dae-Su. I'm not sure I understand this. Does this mean they've changed the motivation behind the imprisonment? Because those two really don't look age appropriate for that back story. t was the same in the original though. One looked much older than the other. I remember them saying something about it on the dvd. More

Posted by target at 19:16 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Colin Firth May Be Oldboy's Villain
Brolin has already been cast as Oh Dae-Su. I'm not sure I understand this. Does this mean they've changed the motivation behind the imprisonment? Because those two really don't look age appropriate for that back story. More

Posted by elab49 at 17:33 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Colin Firth May Be Oldboy's Villain
Who is the Villain in Oldboy?   The Sister fucking vengence seeking jailer or the Octopus chomping vengence seeking detainee?  More

Posted by Discodez at 16:31 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: dubious
He should just take 1 look at the original & then leave it the FUCK ALONE! Cos it's gonna be a huge let down as no way will American censors let it get away with half what Park's did. More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 09:26 on 14 November 2011 | Report This Post

dubious
Not too sure how this will pan out, I love Park Chan Wook's movie. But Colin Firth does add a sense of intrigue to it. I will reserve all judgement, however I am still fiinding it hard to see how Hollywood would remake this gritty and shockimg twist. I hope they keep the live eating of an octopuss in it! ha ha More

Posted by leetee80 at 08:53 on 14 November 2011 | Report This Post

Wasn't going to watch this...
... but if Josh Brolin AND Colin Firth are the leads, it might be worth a look. Still stand by the fact that a film of this calibre, with such a famous twist, is a questionable one to remake. At least it'll be better than the Akira remake... yeesh More

Posted by lona_no_friends at 22:58 on 13 November 2011 | Report This Post

GENIUS
That would be a genius bit of casting, I would never have thought of Colin Firth. More

Posted by tattew18 at 21:30 on 13 November 2011 | Report This Post

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