Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
The 100 Greatest Video Games
The Making Of The West Wing
Subscribe To Empire Today
Save money and get 12 issues for only £25
London Film Festival 2014
Our round-up of the galas, films and interviews
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Chiwetel Ejiofor Joins The Martian
Sebastian Stan and Mackenzie Davis also set for Ridley Scott's latest
Judge Dredd: Superfiend Trailer Arrives
Death is coming...
Things Get Musical In An Into The Woods Featurette
Streep, Depp and the rest talk up the film
Insidious: Chapter 3 Teaser Trailer Arrives
Back to the beginning...
Exclusive Clip From Edwyn Collins' The Possibilities Are Endless
A meet cute with Submarine's Yasmin Paige
Ethan Hawke Playing Chet Baker
He's on to be the legendary jazz trumpeter
New Hobbit Behind-The-Scenes Clip With Benedict Cumberbatch
Smaug steps into the light...
Christian Bale Back In Talks For Steve Jobs Biopic
UPDATE: Aaron Sorkin confirms his casting
Quicksilver Rumoured For X-Men: Apocalypse
He should be dashing back on our screens
Official Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer Arrives
Tony and the assembled heroes face a techno-threat
Steve Carell and Charlie Kaufman Share IQ 83
Dumbing down for a sci-fi satire
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
YESTERDAY
Official Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer Arrives
Tony and the assembled heroes face a techno-threat
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Trash
30 January 2015
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For (2014)
Empire Star Rating
In Secret (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Godzilla (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Labor Day (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Her (2014)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Elizabeth Olsen In Line For Old Boy
Has Spike Lee found his leading lady?

29 February 2012  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Twitch

submit to reddit

Elizabeth Olsen In Line For Old Boy

With Spike Lee recently musing that he'd like to make Brooklyn Loves MJ "next", there was some speculation that his new version of Oldboy had been back-burnered. But it seems not, with the news this morning that Elizabeth Olsen is the latest actress to be offered the female lead. Maybe by "next", Lee meant after this one.

Rooney Mara and Mia Wasikowska have both been in the running, but  would appear to have passed: a story that keeps recurring in the development of this project. While Josh Brolin was locked fairly quickly for the Oh Dae-su role, the film has also struggled to find a villain thus far, with Christian Bale, Clive Owen and Colin Firth all considering it and then moving on.

The female role now on the table for Olsen is sushi chef Mi-do, played in Park Chan-wook's film by Kang Hye-jeong. Lee's new version names her as Marie, according to Twitch, so there's probably reason to suspect that she won't be preparing sushi anymore either. But she'll presumably remain the love interest, who our hero Oh Dae-su / currently-unnamed-Brolin takes a shine to along the way to solving the mystery of his 15-year imprisonment. There's also the threat of her death hanging over his progress, just to spice things up. Oh, and without wishing to be spoilerific, perhaps there's more to her character than is immediately revealed...

Olsen's immediate next project is the Zola adaptation Therese Raquin, in which she's co-starring with Glenn Close. Despite being a hot prospect right now following her break-out introduction in Martha Marcy May Marlene, Twitch believe she doesn't have much lined up for the rest of this year (though she's fully booked for 2013), so if true, that might make her particularly likely to sign on the Oldboy line.

Mark Protosevich has eight volumes of manga to draw from in his screenplay, and they don't much resemble the Chan-wook classic. There's potential for this to be a very different film, on which note Mandate are apparently splitting the title back into its original two words: so it's Old Boy from now on, not Oldboy. There still doesn't seem to be a solid start date, but shooting is planned to start "soon".

We'll next see Olsen in single-take horror Silent House, out in the UK on May 4.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

New Full-Length Avengers Trailer Arrives
Plus new, utterly HUGE villain revealed
Denzel Washington Could Be The Equalizer
Update: He's in!

Your Comments

RE: No no no
You cannot possibly improve this film. Learn from your remaking mistakes Hollywood. LEARN. More

Posted by st3veebee at 10:40 on 29 February 2012 | Report This Post

No no no
No likey - No Lightie! I still cant believe they are raping this amazing movie just so the 'lazy westerners who cant be arsed to watch world cimema' dont have to read subtitles! this is gonna be shite! More

Posted by leetee80 at 08:56 on 29 February 2012 | Report This Post

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer Reaction
We dive under the hood of Whedon's sequel teaser

10 Of The Most Impressive In-Universe Movie Tie-In Websites
From Blair Witch to Days Of Future Past, expand your cinematic horizons online

The 12 Apps Every Film Fan Needs On Their Smartphone
The handheld essentials to enhance your movie life

Empire Meets Jason Bateman And Tina Fey
The stars of This Is Where I Leave You hang out

The Scariest Film Of The Year? Jennifer Kent On The Babadook
The director talks us through her terrifying new film

10 Horror Spin-Offs We Want To See
After Annabelle, what other supporting characters deserve their own film?

Documentaries: What Happened Next
We track down and interview the stars of great non-fiction films

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)