Colin Firth Offered the Villain Role in Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Remake?
If he wasn't already a hot commodity, snagging last year's Oscar for Best Actor in The King's Speech made Colin Firth an even bigger deal on the big screen, and now Twitch has word the British actor has been offered the villainous role of Adrian in Spike Lee's remake of Park Chan-wook's Oldboy. Firth would be the nemesis to Josh Brolin's character, a man that finds himself kidnapped and mysteriously imprisoned in a hotel room for more than a decade and, upon his release, seeks out the person responsible and reasoning for holding him captive. From there, well, things gets weird. Remember, Firth has only been offered the role.
If you haven't seen Oldboy, well, drop what you're doing (unless it's hammering) and go watch it right now. Okay, now that's out of the way, if you have seen Oldboy, then you know that a role like that of Adrian would be a bold move for a more traditional actor like Firth, and a brilliant bit of casting. I think he and Brolin would do well to play opposite of each other in this Shakespearean style tragedy. I just hope Lee captures the essence of the original and does't strip it of its intricate twists and turns that made Chan-wook's the raw and violent masterpiece that it was. In other words, it shouldn't be a PG-13 Hollywood version. As much as I love Spielberg, I imagine that's what would have happened had his and Will Smith's once planned remake of the film actually materialized. Thoughts?