With Red Hook Summer having passed through Sundance to a pleased (if not wholly enthusiastic) response, Spike Lee has to get right back to work on Oldboy — and I can’t determine if that’s the best idea. Casting difficulties have been plaguing this remake for months and months now — Clive Owen, Colin Firth, Christian Bale, Rooney Mara, and Mia Wasikowska all passed — all of which only sits on top of a delayed start to production. Needless to say and already evident as it is, Lee’s got a lot more built into him than yours truly.
Now, Twitch reports that the female lead, once eyed for Mara, is now being thrown toward recent indie darling Elizabeth Olsen. The part in question is a younger woman who helps (and soon romances) a stranger (Josh Brolin) in his quest for revenge on a mysterious, powerful figure. Should my own assumptions be correct and Mark Protosevich didn’t deviate from the Park Chan-wook favorite to so great a degree, we’re talking about the second-biggest role in the entire film — one that also needs a fully capable actress at the helm.
Now, though I can’t personally say why she might take on a character that two other talents decided wasn’t worth their time, Twitch has at least one solid reason: before she gets underway with shooting on some other projects later in the year, Olsen has what’s only described as “a sizable gap in her schedule.” Okay… not much, but it’s better than nothing, and I’m glad to know that those behind the endeavor — which I really kind of want to see come together — haven’t given up just yet.
Could Olsen be the next crucial piece of casting in Oldboy?
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