Sharlto Copley Confirmed for 'Oldboy' and Heads for an 'Open Grave'
A few weeks ago, we mentioned that District 9 star Sharlto Copley was offered the villain role in Spike Lee's Oldboy remake opposite Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen. Deadline confirms that piece of info, and they also report that Copley is now set to star in a movie that ironically sounds like it might have a similarly eerie tone to Oldboy. He'll take the lead in Open Grave, in which he wakes up in a pit of rotting corpses with no idea how he got there. He begins having flashbacks of himself murdering people and starts to think that he might be responsible for the pile of bodies surrounding him. That sounds pretty creepy. More below!
Oldboy is a remake of Chan-Wook Park's 2003 film adaptation of the popular manga, and stars Josh Brolin as Joe Douchett, a man randomly imprisoned for 15 years by an unknown captor. When he's suddenly released, he teams with a caseworker (to be played by Elizabeth Olsen) to find out who did this to him and why. Copley will play Adrian Pryce, a billionaire behind it all who wants to make Douchett's life miserable. The disturbing ending of the original film still haunts me to this day, so I wonder if Spike Lee and his writers have the guts to replicate it for American audiences.
Open Grave sounds like a pretty gruesome project, but I can see Copley doing great things if he gets a chance to turn on his panic mode here. He's an interesting guy to watch, and since his performance in Blomkamp's upcoming science fiction film Elysium is still shrouded in secrecy, we'll just have to get excited about this casting announcement until Elysium drops a trailer for its 2013 release. Copley got his acting start late - his feature debut was in District 9 - and I like seeing him on screen because you can tell he's not jaded by the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. His performances feel genuine, and that translates well to the audience. Open Grave will be directed by Apollo 18 filmmaker Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego, so that's not a great sign, but perhaps he'll fare a bit better this time with a film set on earth instead of in space.