Elizabeth Olsen is in talks to play the female lead in Spike Lee’s remake of Korean masterpiece Oldboy. It’s a long gestating project with both Rooney Mara and Mia Wasikowska rumoured but now it seems that Olsen is Lee’s preference.
Josh Brolin’s been locked in for the male lead Oh Dae-su for quite some time but the villain slot is still open with Christian Bale, Clive Owen and Colin Firth all thinking about it before moving on.
Olsen’s character in the original is named Mi-Do, a young sushi chef who’s a love interest to Oh Dae-su and helps him solve the mystery of his 15 year imprisonment. Olsen is a good pick for Mido though as she recently impressed with her performance in Martha Marcy May Marlene.
The orginal Oldboy is something of a dark classic so the English-language remake will have large shoes to fill. However, it looks like screenplay writer Mark Protosevich might take a different tack and work from the eight-volume manga on which the original film is based rather than shooting for a direct remake. There’s no word on the prospective start date but apparently Mandate will begin work on the film “soon”. In the meantime they’ve gone with the two-word original title of Old Boy instead of the filmic Oldboy – perhaps an indicator that it might deviate from the Park Chan-wook version.
Olsen will next be seen in horror Silent House which is out in May.
Twitch has named her character as Marie