Elizabeth Olsen in line for Oldboy remake?

In talks to play female lead

Oldboy’s drawn-out casting process looks to be taking a step in the right direction with the announcement that Elizabeth Olsen is currently in talks to play the female lead.

Details concerning the part are few and far between, but we’d wager Olsen is being pitched the part of the waitress that the leading man falls for upon leaving his spell in captivity.

Josh Brolin is already in place to play Joe, the aforementioned captive who finds himself suddenly released back into the world having been held prisoner in a hotel room for more than two decades.

Struggling to understand why he has suddenly been turned loose, Joe will embark upon a bloody mission of revenge in order to get himself some answers.

Spike Lee’s long-gestating remake of Oldboy has not been without its share of casting issues (the project has still yet to find its villain after Colin Firth and Clive Owen both came and went), but after Olsen’s star-making turn in Martha Marcy May Marlene, we’d say she’s a stellar appointment.

Production is set to begin on the project in the coming months, with a release date yet to be confirmed.

Do you think Olsen would be a good pick? Tell us why, below.


    • badger86

      Feb 29th 2012, 13:28

      She was extraordinary in 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' so this piece of casting is a step in the right direction. Despite that i just don't see how this is going to work. I've accepted that it's happening, and there's nothing to be done about it, so i'm just hoping for a little damage control and that the people involved are truly aware of what they've gotten themselves into and produce something that i can appreciate (to an extent) on it's own terms. My main concern is how it's going to translate, will a studio allow the film to go where it needs to? Fincher managed to retain the ugliness of 'Dragon Tattoo', albeit with a glossier texture then it's caustic, grimy, forebear. 'Oldboy' however may prove to much for even those studios more inclined to take risks. Oldboy didn't have the mass appeal in the west that GWTDT did, yes Tarantino plugged it, and it had success at Cannes and it did make some money, but the millennium trilogy has a huge reader base around the globe, not so long ago you practically couldn't go outdoors without seeing someone with a copy. Perhaps this made the studio more inclined to retain the harsher content. Without the knowledge that all those readers would probably pay to see finchers remake would some of the content have been toned down in order to draw in a wider audience? This is my worry with 'Oldboy', just have to wait and see, and hope they don't f**k it up to much.

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    • billy2012

      Feb 29th 2012, 14:38

      wow, she's young enough to be his daughter.

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    • ChrisWootton

      Feb 29th 2012, 16:35

      The only time I got interested in this was when Colin Firth was mentioned.. Would've been awesome to see him as (arguably) the villain of the piece.

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