Josh Brolin Rumored For Oldboy Lead

According to Twitch, Josh Brolin is the lead choice for Spike Lee’s remake.

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By Mark Julian - 7/12/2011


No formal offer has been made but according to Twitch, Josh Brolin is the lead choice [by the Studio] for Spike Lee’s remake of Oldboy. He’d be playing the Americanized version of the character Choi Min-Sik created in Park Chan-Wook’s classic. It's the story of a man who is imprisoned for "seemingly" no reason for many years, and then seeks revenge when he gets out. His journey for revenge is what will be told in the movie.

Brolin is a pretty decent option for this role [IMHO]if Lee’s version sticks somewhat close in tone and edginess to the original. Right now, it's uncertain as to whether the film will follow the Manga or the film which have significant differences. Twitch does warn that talks are in the earliest of stages and that no official offers have gone out, so they’re speculating on who else would be good for the role. Some names that have been thrown out are Denzel, Idris Elba, and Aaron Eckhart.



Who would be your choice for an Americanized version of Oh Dae-Su?


Oldboy is a 2003 South Korean film directed by Park Chan-wook. It is based on the Japanese manga of the same name written by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya. Oldboy is the second installment of The Vengeance Trilogy, preceded by Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and followed by Sympathy for Lady Vengeance.



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Bandrews1 - 7/12/2011, 1:23 PM
I actually like the idea of Brolin as the lead.
AlexDeLarge87 - 7/12/2011, 1:28 PM
Brolin would be great Oldboy!:)
Anyone who has seen the new True Grit movie knows it!
Ray Stevenson, Karl Urban or Idris Elba wouldnt be bad choices either.
Hope they make this movie more like the manga.
StrangerX - 7/12/2011, 1:47 PM
Brolin's cool I guess!!
nickfury - 7/12/2011, 1:52 PM
I really like the idea of Brolin, but Will Smith has been rumored to be involved with this project from day one (at least as a producer). I would love to see the Fresh Prince cutting off his own tongue and beating the crap out of gansters with a hammer. That is epic.
cable23 - 7/12/2011, 1:58 PM
Josh Brolin would be a great lead for Oldboy. Now who said Spike Lee dont hire white actors?.......Exactly
P862010 - 7/12/2011, 2:00 PM
you know who would be good

Gary Oldman
ecksmanfan - 7/12/2011, 2:19 PM
I'm ok with this. He's a rather odd choice, but hell, the guy made George Dubya Bush watchable!
kookevin3 - 7/12/2011, 2:29 PM
He'd be good but I'd still prefer Denzel Washington. I hope it's based off the manga if this movie has to be made.
mk - 7/12/2011, 2:56 PM
i dont mind.. and yeah i think Gary Oldman would be good too
LoudLon - 7/12/2011, 3:24 PM
Ooh, Brolin is someone I never would have thought of off the bat. He'd be GREAT in a role like this.
RyanLantern77 - 7/12/2011, 3:49 PM
No Will Smith please
whoa123 - 7/12/2011, 3:55 PM
I'd like it if he ever gets the lead, but Jackie Earle Haley mofo!
Cyclysm - 7/12/2011, 4:01 PM
Spike Lee is a piece of dog shit.
jimoakley666 - 7/12/2011, 4:04 PM
Yeah, could be cool.
BorisSenna - 7/12/2011, 5:16 PM
Brolin is just the right age, too.
If Spike can pull this off, tonally I mean, and bring the darkness of the manga into life, the age long discussion will be over. Because it could be genius.

I really loved the previous movie adaptation, though, so getting it up to the same level will already be a challenge on its own.
mattattack - 7/12/2011, 9:05 PM
No. Just no. Make it a unknown Lee!
Dedpool - 7/13/2011, 8:41 AM
Anyone against the making of this movie as a remake of the original Korean flick is forgetting the Korean flick was based on a JAPANESE manga and was very different. Thi movie will probably be a mix of the two if not closer to the manga

Here are the MAJOR differences:

The manga, which precedes the film, is considerably tamer and less violent.

Oh Dae-su is significantly different from Shinichi Goto, his manga counterpart.
Goto is considerably less tormented than Oh Dae-su; Goto is remarkably calm and stoic, even during his captivity, unlike Oh Dae-su. Also, Goto is a towering 30-something year old man in peak physique at the time of his release; Oh Dae-su is also on peak physique, albeit smaller and appearing to be at least in his late forties; Goto was imprisoned for ten years, while Oh Dae-su was imprisoned for fifteen.

Mi-Do's counterpart Eri is not Shinichi Goto's daughter, as Mi-Do is with Oh Dae-Su. Eri was hypnotically lured to Goto just as a mean of surveillance and to burden Goto. As a result, Goto and his allies move her out of Kakinuma's reach so she doesn't become a target.

Oh Dae-Su and Lee Woo-jin's former schoolmate No Joo-hwan's counterpart, Tsukamoto, is a professional acquaintance of Sinichi Goto, and is not introduced to Lee Woo-jin's counterpart, Takaaki Kakinuma until later in the story. Tsukamoto, a bartender, unlike No Joo-hwan, who runs an internet cafe, survives the ordeal.

Kakinuma, unlike Lee Woo-jin in the film, is not successful in his ruse against Goto; in fact, he is unable to break and ruin Goto and his tactics ultimately collapse miserably. Their reasons to kidnap and imprison Goto and Oh Dae-su respectively are completely different also: Goto unknowingly shattered Kakinuma's self esteem and leaves him emotionally scarred for life by feeling sorry and openly crying in music class when he realized Kakinuma's loneliness in the manga; Oh Dae-su created a rumor that turned vicious against Lee Woo-jin's sister. Kakunima, unlike Lee Woo-jin, has no relatives to speak of.

Albeit victorious against Kakinuma, Goto is left plagued by hypnotic episodes at the end of the manga which worries him about Eri, who was still vulnerable to hypnotic suggestion, as the hypnotist found her to be mentally locked by Kyoko Kataoka, Kakinuma's "assistant" and under what extent they were both hypnotized. On the other hand, Oh Dae-Su's fate is left unknown.

No one dies in the manga except Lee Woo-jin's counterpart, Takaaki Kakinuma, also by a self-inflicted gunshot on the temple

Mr. Han, Lee Wo-Jin's bodyguard's counterpart is an unnamed "Secret Service" agent that reports directly to Kakinuma and directs his surveillance operations targeting Goto.

Many major and minor characters in the manga don't have a counterpart in the film, such as Yayoi Kusama, Goto and Kakinuma's 6th grade teacher turned novelist, to whom Kakinuma entrapped to document the conflict; Kyoko Kataoka, Kakinuma's "assistant" and lastly, Kakinuma's "Referee".

porterm - 7/13/2011, 8:57 AM
Brolin would be a good choice -- he's shown his versatility in the past few years and this sounds like it's something he could play well. Gary Oldman also comes to mind.
As for the Will Smith rumors, I don't think he'd do it. He reportedly said no to Django Unchained because he didn't like the idea of playing a character that does questionable things -- even for a good reason -- so I can't imagine him playing a character that (spoiler alert) unknowingly has sex with his own daughter. Image is everything to Smith and this doesn't fit the pattern of roles he takes.

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