Back in December,it was reported that Clive Owen was in talks to replace Colin Firth as the villain in the upcoming “Oldboy” remake, to be directed by Spike Lee and starting Josh Brolin.
Now comes word that Owen has dropped out. He’s just one of many who want nothing to do with this remake, including Firth, Rooney Mara and Christian Bale.At this point, Brolin is still on board to play the lead and Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) is in talks to play the female lead.
On top of that, production has been delayed.It turns out that Brolin has to participate in press junkets for “Men in Black 3,” which will push the start date for “Oldboy” till summer or beginning of fall.
It’s never great to be the third choice to do something, but I’d imagine it’s a whole lot worse when the entire world knows that you are the third choice. In the past few months, the role of the villain in Spike Lee’s remake of Oldboy has been offered to both Christian Bale and Colin Firth, both of whom ended up turning the part down. This means that whoever the studio approaches next will know that they not only aren’t the first choice, but they aren’t even the first name mentioned as part of a backup plan. Hence why today must be bittersweet for Clive Owen.
Twitch has learned that Owen is now the new name that has been offered the chance to play the antagonist in Oldboy. While Josh Brolin is attached to play the lead, the project has been having a hard time attracting stars, as Rooney Mara also turned down the chance to star in the movie. Should Owen take the part, it will be the second time that he has worked with Spike Lee, as they made Inside Man together back in 2006. The film is the remake of the 2003 Chan-wook Park movie about a man who is kidnapped and held as a prisoner for 15 years without given a reason. Upon his release, the man goes on the hunt to find the person responsible for his incarceration.
While I actually like the idea of Brolin facing off against Owen, this news is kind of sad. Five years ago studios would have been jumping all over Owen to play the part, but now he’s been relegated to third choice. Maybe this will be the role that brings him back to the A-list.
Opening today in cinemas across the UAE, Intruders is the latest in a long line of Spanish horror films to have sent chills up and down the spines of audiences for the past decade.
In the tradition of Alejandro Amenábar’s The Others and Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Orphanage, this fantasy horror concerns two parallel ghost stories: Mia (Ella Purnell) an 11-year-old girl living in London starts having nightmares about a hooded demon known as Hollowface. Meanwhile, in Spain, the same dream is being had by a young boy named Juan (Izán Corchero). In London, the parents (Clive Owen and Carice van Houten) seek out a psychologist, while in Spain, the mother (Pilar López de Ayala) calls on a priest (Daniel Brühl).
What connects the incidents in London and Spain and who the mysterious Hollowface is, are the big questions posed in the director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s latest psychological thriller.
Fresnadillo previously directed the Spanish thriller Intacto and the British horror 28 Weeks Later, so he has the pedigree of directing a story that traverses borders, as well as working in both languages. Read the rest of this entry »
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