Josh Brolin signs on for Spike Lee’s Oldboy

Playing opposite Christian Bale's bad guy?

Josh Brolin will play the lead role in Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake, according to reports. 
The remake of Park Chan-wook's 2003 Korean revenge thriller will begin filming in March 2012, giving the busy Brolin time to work on both Gangster Squad and Labor Day before then. 
It's not yet confirmed whether Christian Bale will play alongside him as the film's villain, although the thought of those two going head to head for the first time onscreen has TF tingling. 
DreamWorks had originally wanted to bag the remake rights back in 2008, with Steven Spielberg behind the camera and Will Smith starring. That could have been a very different beast altogether. 
In Oldboy Brolin will play a character who is imprisoned and held in solitary confinement for unknown reasons, before being released 15 years later and attempting to get revenge on his captors. 

Is the pairing of Brolin and Bale exactly what this remake needs to make it as powerful as the original? Can Spike Lee's version be better than the one Spielberg and Smith would have created? Let us know below! 


    • Bajumeru

      Aug 30th 2011, 14:47

      Great news! Brolin & Bale would make a great combo. Brolin's got that rugged look that's just perfect for the role of Oh Dae-su (although that probably won't be his name in the remake). Also, I think Bale is a perfect fit for the badguy. Loved the original, so can't wait to see what Spike Lee will do with an American remake!

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    • Ali1748

      Aug 30th 2011, 16:02

      Bad News ! Oldboy does not need an American remake.

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    • BogdanZ

      Aug 30th 2011, 17:22

      coen brothers are the only ones in US able to remake such an outstanding film (so that it was good) but they are wise enough to know Oldboy doesn't need a remake

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    • ChrisWootton

      Aug 30th 2011, 17:24

      Good cast.. still not sure if it's needed but you never know.. with some of the talent that's involved we might get a different take on the story

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    • MorganRoss

      Aug 30th 2011, 18:09

      I Think we'll get a completely different take on it as I don't think it'll be a remake. The Korean version was only loosley based on the Manga series of comics by the same name, that being the kidnap and his 15 years of punching walls. The comics didn't have the same motives for the kidnap (probably good as Hollywood wouldn't touch that with a barge pole), Oh Daesu isn't the name of the lead guy in the comic and the hallway scene wasn't in it either. I'm banking on the fact that Spike Lee will try to do a faithful adaptation of the comic, much in the same vein as what the Coen's did with True Grit; not a remake but based purely on the source material. As much as I like Brolin I'm not sure I can picture him as a fat waster getting kidnapped, he comes off as a little too hard for that

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    • Paulbrimble

      Sep 2nd 2011, 14:42

      What is the obsession with remakes from Hollywood, this is a classic and should be treated with respect, the lack of imagination from the States recently is off putting, why oh why can't they leave great films alone, I for one will not watch it. one word lazy

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    • Siban1982

      Sep 2nd 2011, 19:48

      Great cast and ok director but generally a remake not needed. At least give it 20 years to breath. Hollywood bell ends.

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