Confirmed: Josh Brolin Now Set to Lead Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Remake
Back in July there were rumblings that Josh Brolin was in very early talks to lead the gestating remake of Oldboy which just surprised everyone by getting Spike Lee to direct the film. Now Deadline says the new take on Park Chan-wook's 2003 thriller has officially cast the actor in the lead role of the remake written by Mark Protosevich (the same writer working on a new Jurassic Park with Steven Spielberg who was previously flirting with the Oldboy remake himself). Honestly, as worrisome as this remake might make fans of the original, having Lee and Brolin work on a project like this sounds more than satisfying.
Now if only Christian Bale would take on the villain role, which he's said to be considering amongst a slew of other projects, this would be one of my most anticipated films coming down the road. For those who aren't familiar with the original film, it follows a man who is kidnapped on his daughter’s birthday and held for 15 years in solitary confinement without explanation. Upon his eventual release, his only desire is to take revenge on those who destroyed his life. It's quite a brutal story, and with Lee directing and Brolin starring, plenty more big names should sign on for the project as well. Thoughts?