Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Josh Brolin Joins Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’ | Casting Call

Splash Page: It's official: Josh Brolin is going to the lead in Spike Lee's "Oldboy" remake.

There had been plenty of names swirling for the role, and as recently as last week it looked like Christian Bale was a major contender for the role, but now Deadline is reporting that Brolin is set for the part. That makes the "No Country For Old Men" star the first official cast member for the remake of the hit Korean revenge thriller.

Brolin just finished wrapping "Men in Black 3," and will soon begin work on "Gangster Squad." Since there's plenty still to do in pre-production for "Oldboy," the guess is that Brolin will squeeze filming "Oldboy" in before he starts on Jason Reitman's "Labor Day" next June.


"Oldboy" follows the story of a man who is kidnapped on his daughter's birthday and was held for 15 years in solitary confinement without being given an explanation. Once he is finally released, the man sets out to seek revenge on the people who ruined his life. The South Korean movie was released in 2003 and was directed by Park Chan-wook. It's the second installment in his "The Vengeance Trilogy."

Originally the remake was supposed to be directed by Steven Spielberg and star Will Smith. Then the rumor faded away for a while until it was announced in July that Spike Lee would direct it. Shortly after, it was rumored that Brolin would star in the film but nothing was confirmed until now.
 

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