“Oldboy” is one of those movies that just sticks with you. It follows a man who looks for answers after he wakes up in a suitcase after being imprisoned for 15 years. It’s a thought-provoking thrill of a movie, with some of the best acting I’ve seen come out of a Korean drama in the past decade. It also has one of the most amazing action sequences I’ve ever seen.
So when I heard Spike Lee had plans to remake it for American audiences, I immediately became nervous, and anxious. I like Lee’s work, and I think he could do the film justice. Still, it was unsettling to hear one of my favorite movies was being remade, because it’s a damn good movie as it is.
Slowly but surely my nerves are being calmed, mostly thanks to cast announcements.
Today, Variety reported Sharlto Copley was offered the role of the villain, and if he accepts, he’ll join Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen to complete the main cast of characters. You’ll immediately recognize Copley if you saw “District 9,” where he played Wikus, the human-turned-alien hero.
All three actors are solid in their craft, and I think they’d mesh well together on screen. Hopefully Copley accepts and Lee doesn’t screw anything up.
Here’s the Korean film’s trailer:
Here’s that epic sequence I mentioned: