Rooney Mara lands Oldboy female Lead?

Could star with Josh Brolin and Christian Bale

Rooney for Oldboy? Surely the England striker is better suited to a live-action Shrek film? No, it's Rooney Mara who could find herself starring with Josh Brolin and Christian Bale in Spike Lee's remake of Oldboy - if the rumours are true. 
Sources told Twitch that Mara is the project's first choice for the female lead, playing a character renamed as Marie in the US version of the film. 
Mara seems to be shifting categories from 'one to watch' into 'one to watch at the multiplex', given her recent work on films such as David Fincher's Girl With The Dragon Tattoo remake, The Social Network and the Nightmare On Elm Street reboot. 
Reports suggest that Brolin has now been confirmed for the lead role, playing a man who is kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years before being released. 
Christian Bale is thought to be first choice for the villain role, although there's still no word on whether that will happen yet. 
Mark Protosevich (Thor, I Am Legend) has penned a script for the Oldboy remake that includes elements of Park Chan-wook‘s original, story from the comic which inspired that film and new material.

Can The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo pull off this crucial role in Oldboy? Will you be comparing her to Hye-jeong Kang from the original? Or do you not do films with reading at the bottom? Tell us below! 


    • joker16

      Sep 30th 2011, 2:08

      Great actors + overrated director + remake = Waste of Bale & Brolins time. I really hope Christian Bale doesn't sign on. Brolin already sold himself out with Jonah Hex & Men in Black 3, Bale hasn't.

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    • anant

      Sep 30th 2011, 7:14

      she looks stupid in the girl with the dragon tattoo remake so i don't think she will be any better in oldboy, plus they seemed to have made changes in the screenplay which i think will be made hollywood and multiplex friendly and agree with joker16, this is a waste of great talents, why can't they just accept that others thought better and quicker than them? come up with something better and newer. its like reading a translated version of a great novel, it will say the same thing just not as good as the original writer.

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    • Heisenberg

      Sep 30th 2011, 8:34

      In my mind, this could have all the best actors in the world, Spike Lee alone will still ruin it. God I hope I am wrong.

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    • PikvanCleef

      Sep 30th 2011, 9:57

      no, no, no, no, no......for crying out loud why oh why even think about remaking a film which meant (and still means) so much to South East Asian cinema???....agreed with the general consensus Spike Lee will ruin it and I don't hope I'm wrong!

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    • KFussell

      Sep 30th 2011, 12:42

      I really hope this doesn't take off. Old Boy is a classic and I'm sure it will only be detroyed by Hollywood with its propensity for happy endings. Just look at what they did to The Vanishing. Why can't they come up with any new ideas instead of continually having to resort to remakes or reboots? Surely there is some writing talent still left in America or are they just not being given the chance?

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    • Foreo

      Sep 30th 2011, 20:21

      I don't like to complain about remakes - a film is a film is a film. It will live or die on its merits. But is nothing new being made anymore?? Every other film seems to be a remake or 'reimagining'. This article alone mentions two remakes and a reboot - which is an even more depressing in its conceit - with talk a regurgatation of a previous franchise they're assuming it's a success before it's even started?!

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    • FBALee

      Oct 2nd 2011, 4:09

      Enough with remakes and pointless sequels that nobody really wants to see. If a studio isn't remaking a classic eighties film, they are remaking a pivotal foreign film. Boo on that.

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