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UPDATE! Elizabeth Olsen offered the female lead in Spike Lee's Oldboy

03.01.2012
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UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed Twitch's original report and says that Olsen is indeed in talks and looking likely to sign onto the project. They also add this description of her role: "Olsen has the offer to play the part of the caseworker who helps investigate the past of the character being played by Brolin, a man kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years and inexplicably released."

February 29, 2012: Filmmaker Spike Lee's impending OLDBOY remake has been having a hell of a time hammering out its cast. Josh Brolin (MEN IN BLACK III) came aboard early on as the film's male lead, but the key remaining roles have to this day remained unfilled, with names such as Christian Bale, Clive Owen, Rooney Mara, and Mia Wasikowska all having passed, for one reason or another, on their respective offers.

Now, according to Twitch, the latest actress to appear before us as a potential for the film's leading female role of 'Marie' is Elizabeth Olsen, the "lesser known" Olsen sister who surprised the heck out of everyone with her brilliant turn in the equally brilliant MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE last year. Olsen is a tremendous choice, and according to Twtich, it appears she has time in her current schedule to plausibly work the project in.

A big question, though: why has it been so hard to commit actors to this project? Is it simply scheduling conflicts, or are there bigger problems at play, either with Mark Protosevich's script or perhaps even Lee's overall vision for the film? I hope it's neither of those, but you can't help but wonder at this point.
Source: Twitch

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2:13PM on 03/01/2012
Men in Black III? Oh, thaaaat Josh Brolin . . .
Men in Black III? Oh, thaaaat Josh Brolin . . .
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10:42AM on 03/01/2012
I'm still completely opposed to the idea of a remake--the film is too close to my heart, so I'm completely blinded and can't view this objectively. That won't change.

That being said, yeah, that's some good casting right there.
I'm still completely opposed to the idea of a remake--the film is too close to my heart, so I'm completely blinded and can't view this objectively. That won't change.

That being said, yeah, that's some good casting right there.
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8:22AM on 03/01/2012

On the update

So this is making me more optimistic. A straight remake was of course a pointless act, but I'm interested in how they differentiate in the storyline. I remember Park Chan-wook saying they actually invented the twist, and that wasn't in the manga.
So this is making me more optimistic. A straight remake was of course a pointless act, but I'm interested in how they differentiate in the storyline. I remember Park Chan-wook saying they actually invented the twist, and that wasn't in the manga.
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10:41AM on 03/01/2012
Yeah, they invented the twist.
Yeah, they invented the twist.
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2:15AM on 03/01/2012
I really really want to hate this movie but Spike Lee is making it very difficult.
I really really want to hate this movie but Spike Lee is making it very difficult.
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11:00AM on 02/29/2012

Is she playing the hammer?

obviously for those of you have seen the movie you know who she'll play but it would be nice for it to be different.
obviously for those of you have seen the movie you know who she'll play but it would be nice for it to be different.
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12:06PM on 03/01/2012
why, exactly, was i downvoted for this comment? wasn't even speaking badly.
why, exactly, was i downvoted for this comment? wasn't even speaking badly.
10:52AM on 02/29/2012
Spike doing this is so crazy it might just work. And this Olsen is talented.
Spike doing this is so crazy it might just work. And this Olsen is talented.
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9:54AM on 02/29/2012
Spike knows how to put together a cast (assuming she takes the role, that is).
Spike knows how to put together a cast (assuming she takes the role, that is).
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