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?
With this year’s Cannes Film Festival halfway done, one of the clear highlights is Coens‘ 1960′s-set folk music tale Inside Llewyn Davis. Profiling a down on his luck musician (Oscar Isaac), whose natural talent indicates he is destined for success, the film is a vivid portrait of what it means to be a starving artist. In [...]
Welcome to the latest episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. This week, staff writer Danny King, associate editor Nick Newman and I review J.J. Abram‘s new entry in his flagship franchise, Star Trek Into Darkness. Before that, though, we run down our top 3 most-anticipated films of the Cannes Film Festival. Finally, we take a look at the [...]
There is truly something magical when you combine the French Riviera, the global film market and thousands of hungry filmgoers and critics. The end result is what has come to be known as the most prestigious film festival in the world, the Cannes Film Festival, currently in its 66th iteration. This is my third year [...]
The Archive is a collection of cinephile-friendly findings around the web, including rare or never-before-seen photos, interviews, footage or any other bits related to classic or independent cinema. If you have any suggestions, feel free to e-mail in or tweet to @TheFilmStage. Check out the rundown below. Above, an unused Taxi Driver poster made for SpokeArt’s Martin [...]
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