Remake Rumors: Chris Pine for 'RoboCop' and Josh Brolin for 'Oldboy'
by Ethan Anderton
July 12, 2011
With both of these projects finally having directors lined up, it's no surprise that we're starting to hear about casting for the remakes of both RoboCop and Oldboy. Over at Twitch, they seem to have the hot scoop on some very early, but still speculative casting for both projects, and each report is interesting in its own way. One report has Star Trek lead Chris Pine as the top choice to take on the titular metallic police enforcer from director Jose Padilha while another has Josh Brolin being in very early discussions to take on a role in the remake of Oldboy which just had Spike Lee confirmed to direct the feature.
With RoboCop, nothing is official yet, but apparently MGM is very keen on having Pine lead the film. Of course, every studio wants Pine in their next big blockbuster, so that's no surprise. What remains to be seen is whether or not Pine is interested, or if director Jose Padilha also wants the actor to take the role. The real news here is that MGM is going for a much younger RoboCop this time around. Peter Weller was about ten years older than Pine is now when he made the original film back in 1987, not to mention that Pine is more of an action figure than Weller was in his day. Personally, I'm not sure he fits the part, and would rather have someone with some grit take on the role. Too bad Tom Hardy is likely too busy to take on the role.
On the Oldboy side of the news, apparently no deal's are in place for Brolin's casting, but once again he tops a wishlist at Mandate to play the character that will represent Choi Min-Sik in the remake. There's no former offer or even negotiations yet, so at this point it's very early to say whether or not this casting would happen, but it seems like a perfect fit. Of course, Idris Elba has been mentioned as a great candidate as well. Either way, I don't think race will be an issue with the film since Twitch also says this will be a remake in the same fashion that The Departed was a remake of Infernal Affairs: same story, different settings, certain character changes, about 20% of new script material but not a shot-for-shot remake. Casting will be the hardest thing for this remake, but I'm already interested in seeing what Spike Lee can do with a property like Oldboy.
Do you have any casting ideas for either the RoboCop or Oldboy remake?