Sharlto Copley Now Offered the Villain Role in Spike Lee's 'Oldboy'

April 12, 2012
Source: Variety

Sharlto Copley

After running through names like Christian Bale, Clive Owen and Colin Firth, it's time for someone whose first name doesn't start with a "C" to enter the race to play the villain in Spike Lee's remake of Park Chan-wook's Oldboy. Variety has word that breakout District 9 star and The A-Team member Sharlto Copley has now been offered the role in the revenge thriller which already has Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen set to star. For those unfamiliar, the story follows a man kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years for unknown reasons. Upon his perplexing release, he sets out to find out just who held him hostage and why.

Copley has only starred in one major film since District 9 and that's the summer blockbuster The A-Team. However, he's got Europa and Elysium coming soon. Initially, Copley was supposed to be a part of Men in Black 3 this year, but that deal fell through. To have Copley taking on a film like this in the villainous role of a mysterious billionaire out to destroy Brolin's character's life would do wonders for his versatility as an actor and should help make him quite the high profile star if he should pull it off. Olsen meanwhile merely keeps continuing her quick rise to the top as a caseworker who helps Brolin's character investigate the past. The cast is making this project sound better and better, so count me in for now.

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His last name starts with a "C" but you failed to point that out. 

tcloud82 on Apr 12, 2012


Oh no! This changes everything!

Ethan Anderton on Apr 12, 2012



Xerxexx on Apr 12, 2012


 Park Chan-wook's Oldboy is excellent, revenge tale at its darkest & most shocking. Spike lees remake...ugh. I won`t be seeing it.

Mmmmmmmm on Apr 12, 2012


Interesting choice.

Isildur_of_Numenor on Apr 12, 2012


not sure about Copley as a villain. He is a good actor and everything but he just does not fit for the role.

Truong18 on Apr 12, 2012


 Maybe he will. In District Nine he didn't play a villain, but an anti-hero type, and that kinda showed what he could do. I think he has the capacity to do well as a villain.

GregDinskisk on Apr 12, 2012


 Well Spike can bring a great performance out of any actor, so Im sure if Copley does get the part it will still be good, I wish that Clive Owen was playing the part, he was a good villain in Spikes Inside Man, be would have been great for this, but I would like to see what Copley would do with a menacing, manipulating character like in OldBoy

RockySullivan1938 on Apr 12, 2012



Trent on Apr 12, 2012


The cast does make the movie sound like it's going to be really good but I don't think they should remake Oldboy. Just saying.

Crazy Legs on Apr 14, 2012

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