Sharlto Copley has an Old Boy in his sights

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Hollywood happens to be rather fond of adapting other super-successful foreign films into a newer, more American setting, with properties such as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Vanilla Sky being two such examples.

Spike Lee has been working on getting the Asian epic Old Boy up and running for quite a while now, and it looks like he may have just found his villain.

Sharlto “Bloody prawn!” Copley is currently being considered for the role of Woo-Jin, the principle villain from the original Old Boy film. While he’ll no doubt have a more American name by the time Lee has a script finished, Copley, if he accepts, will be the driving force behind the mysterious 15 year incarceration of main character Oh Dae-Su.

Josh Brolin has been cast ages ago already as the Old Boy himself, while Elizabeth Olsen is currently signed up for the role of Mi-Do, a crucial and disturbingly relavant role in the original film.

Mark Protosevich is handling scribe duties right now, and with eight distinct volumes of comics to draw on, he will have his work cut out for him. Spike plans to start shooting “soon”, with a film that will hopefully be a completely different beast to the original Park Chan-Wook incarnation.

Although if Lee manages to shoot a similar scene to that classic 2D corridor fight with Brolin dishing out 15 years of pent-up anger, I won’t complain.

Last Updated: April 16, 2012

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