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Sharlto Copley is officially the villain in Spike Lee's Oldboy

05.01.2012

How did I know this was going to happen?

Sharlto Copley is officially the villain in the OLDBOY remake from Spike Lee. Not that it's a bad choice. It's an inspired one. This will be the first time we see the actor play a role like this one. I don't doubt that he can get the whole creep-vibe down.

The only details offered on Copley's updated role was this: "...villain Adrian Pryce in Oldboy. Pryce is a mysterious billionaire trying to destroy the life of Joe Douchett (Josh Brolin)". Don't mind the name change for Copley's character, but Douchett? How do you go from Dae-su Oh to Joe Douchett?

It was also mentioned that Copley was cast in another film titled, OPEN GRAVE. It will be helmed by APOLLO 18's Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego. The film actually sounds decent. Copley's character, "wakes up in the pit full of rotting bodies with no idea how he got there, begins to have flashbacks of himself murdering people and stars to believe hes the killer."

Source: Deadline

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1:15PM on 05/02/2012
I saw Oldboy back in 2004. It made me a fan of Korean cinema. I was definitely against this remake when Lin and Will Smith were involved. Since Spike Lee has taken over, most of his decisions are pretty good. Sometimes you just have to suck it up knowing that a movie you really like is going to be remade. You cross your fingers that they don't destroy the very essence of the original. Good luck, Spike Lee and Copley. I do hope to see something different.
I saw Oldboy back in 2004. It made me a fan of Korean cinema. I was definitely against this remake when Lin and Will Smith were involved. Since Spike Lee has taken over, most of his decisions are pretty good. Sometimes you just have to suck it up knowing that a movie you really like is going to be remade. You cross your fingers that they don't destroy the very essence of the original. Good luck, Spike Lee and Copley. I do hope to see something different.
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7:41AM on 05/02/2012
I am overjoyed with this choice but still dont trust Lee to bring this off.
I am overjoyed with this choice but still dont trust Lee to bring this off.
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6:16AM on 05/02/2012
I have to say this is a casting choice that I did not see coming at all but I think it's perfect! Hope this works out well.

Now I'm going to watch the original so that I go back to being mad this is happening at all.
I have to say this is a casting choice that I did not see coming at all but I think it's perfect! Hope this works out well.

Now I'm going to watch the original so that I go back to being mad this is happening at all.
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11:28PM on 05/01/2012
Sharlto Copley is awesome, and this is brilliant casting, but ugh, I can't feel good about this remake until I am proven wrong ... and Joe Douchett? The fuck?

Seriously. Your main character's name is Joe Douchett. ...All right, movie. If you say so.
Sharlto Copley is awesome, and this is brilliant casting, but ugh, I can't feel good about this remake until I am proven wrong ... and Joe Douchett? The fuck?

Seriously. Your main character's name is Joe Douchett. ...All right, movie. If you say so.
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11:25PM on 05/01/2012

hated this at first

then i thought about it and fucking loved it
then i thought about it and fucking loved it
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11:02PM on 05/01/2012
I like Sharlto, but still can't get behind this film. I really want to be pleasantly surprised, but nothing I've heard of the cast and crew has yet to pleasantly surprise me.
I like Sharlto, but still can't get behind this film. I really want to be pleasantly surprised, but nothing I've heard of the cast and crew has yet to pleasantly surprise me.
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10:35PM on 05/01/2012

Well, while I'm a bit disappointed that...

Discussions broke down with Christian Bale, because I could really see him tearing up that role. But I think Copley is an amazing actor. I'm glad to see him picking up steam. He was great in A-Team, but the movie itself was just so-so. I really think depending on Lee's vision of this, he could really knock this one out of the park, and with Brolin opposite him, this could turn into one of the best remakes since The Departed.
Discussions broke down with Christian Bale, because I could really see him tearing up that role. But I think Copley is an amazing actor. I'm glad to see him picking up steam. He was great in A-Team, but the movie itself was just so-so. I really think depending on Lee's vision of this, he could really knock this one out of the park, and with Brolin opposite him, this could turn into one of the best remakes since The Departed.
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10:13PM on 05/01/2012
Hadn't heard news for a while and figured the project was cancelled, it hurts to be wrong :(
Hadn't heard news for a while and figured the project was cancelled, it hurts to be wrong :(
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10:00PM on 05/01/2012
Pretty cool, but I rather see this guy do original scripts/movies instead of another remake (A-Team). He's pretty talented and I rather see him expand his horizons doing originals.
Pretty cool, but I rather see this guy do original scripts/movies instead of another remake (A-Team). He's pretty talented and I rather see him expand his horizons doing originals.
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9:35PM on 05/01/2012
Yup. You can hate the remake all you want, but this particular piece of news is pretty brilliant. Maybe this is one of those weird remakes that's actually...good?
Yup. You can hate the remake all you want, but this particular piece of news is pretty brilliant. Maybe this is one of those weird remakes that's actually...good?
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9:06PM on 05/01/2012
Well if this shit is really gonna happen, I can take solace that Sharlto "Fookin'" Copley is in this. Dude needs to be in more stuff.

And LOL at Douchett.
Well if this shit is really gonna happen, I can take solace that Sharlto "Fookin'" Copley is in this. Dude needs to be in more stuff.

And LOL at Douchett.
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8:32PM on 05/01/2012

How do you go from Shinichi Goto to Oh Dae-su?

But seriously, I'm actually kind of hip to this. I'm on the fence regarding the whole project, but I haven't seen Copley in anything since District 9, and at the very least he should be fun to watch.
But seriously, I'm actually kind of hip to this. I'm on the fence regarding the whole project, but I haven't seen Copley in anything since District 9, and at the very least he should be fun to watch.
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