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UPDATE: Now Clive Owen is up for the villain role in Oldboy? And Mia Wasikowska?

12.16.2011

UPDATE: Mia Wasikowska has been offered the lead female role of Marie. This would be the Mi-do character from the original. She would spend most the film starring opposite Josh Brolin.

With Colin Firth out for the OLDBOY remake, Spike Lee needs someone to play the villain.

Who ya gunna call?

Clive Owen.

Now Owen has been offered the role of the man who captures Josh Brolin and imprisons him for fifteen years. I can't tell you why he does. I'm sure most of you know why but I don't want to get screamed at for giving it away. I will tell you that it's all really f*cked up. Again, if you haven't seen the original directed by Park Chan-wook, please do so over the holidays. Who cares about WHITE CHRISTMAS when you can watch OLDBOY?

While I did not mind the idea of Firth, Owen would be really great. Plus, I think that Owen might accept the role since he previously worked with Lee on THE INSIDE MAN.

Who is the better choice in your opinion: Owen or Firth?

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1:45PM on 12/18/2011
Owen will make a great villian.

He gives a great performance in every movie he does. Especially in Trust.
Owen will make a great villian.

He gives a great performance in every movie he does. Especially in Trust.
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11:07PM on 12/17/2011
If this movie has to happen than I'm cool with this news.
If this movie has to happen than I'm cool with this news.
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9:41AM on 12/17/2011

Alright, fine.

If there is truly no stopping the rerun train, then fuck it. At least there's a few of them that don't sound like they'll be complete garbage. This, Dragon Tattoo, etc. Couldn't possibly be any worse than The Thing. *knock on wood*
If there is truly no stopping the rerun train, then fuck it. At least there's a few of them that don't sound like they'll be complete garbage. This, Dragon Tattoo, etc. Couldn't possibly be any worse than The Thing. *knock on wood*
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12:42AM on 12/19/2011
Wait, you wouldn't be complaining about them remaking the Thing would you? Because you know that The Thing itself is a remake, right?

See, point in case for remakes as long as they're done well. If the studios had never decided to remake The Thing then you wouldn't have the John Carpenter version to enjoy.
Wait, you wouldn't be complaining about them remaking the Thing would you? Because you know that The Thing itself is a remake, right?

See, point in case for remakes as long as they're done well. If the studios had never decided to remake The Thing then you wouldn't have the John Carpenter version to enjoy.
1:06AM on 12/19/2011
I agree with luke319. Good point.
I agree with luke319. Good point.
9:30AM on 12/17/2011

I don't get it..

Clive Owen would be cool but even better is Christian Bale in his American Psycho personality

I hear people hating on remakes because they adore the original so much and they feel it will be destroyed. Doesn't the original material remain unchanged regardless of the remake? It may even have positive impact on the original such as being compared in critics' reviews (if the remake turns out to be crappy). Not to mention it brings new audiences who've never heard of the orginal before.
Clive Owen would be cool but even better is Christian Bale in his American Psycho personality

I hear people hating on remakes because they adore the original so much and they feel it will be destroyed. Doesn't the original material remain unchanged regardless of the remake? It may even have positive impact on the original such as being compared in critics' reviews (if the remake turns out to be crappy). Not to mention it brings new audiences who've never heard of the orginal before.
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9:43AM on 12/17/2011
Yeah, but good luck getting his high-dollar ass involved. The budget for this is probably a little south of the border for the Goddamned Batman. Owen's just as good (for the part anyway), and probably a truckload cheaper.
Yeah, but good luck getting his high-dollar ass involved. The budget for this is probably a little south of the border for the Goddamned Batman. Owen's just as good (for the part anyway), and probably a truckload cheaper.
7:30AM on 12/17/2011
I seem to recall Park Chan-wook saying they took some artistic license with the movie's final twist. What I'm curious about, is if the remake is going to keep all that, or go in a completely different direction. Owen is the man, and must say, it all makes me curiouser and curiouser.
I seem to recall Park Chan-wook saying they took some artistic license with the movie's final twist. What I'm curious about, is if the remake is going to keep all that, or go in a completely different direction. Owen is the man, and must say, it all makes me curiouser and curiouser.
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5:48AM on 12/17/2011
Who's gonna play the octopus? Please let it be Andy Serkis in mocap.
Who's gonna play the octopus? Please let it be Andy Serkis in mocap.
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12:02AM on 12/17/2011
In Clive I trust
In Clive I trust
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11:10PM on 12/16/2011

Either actor would be great

both of them have played heroes and villains. And I'm willing to give remakes the benefit of the doubt: Let Me In was a solid remake and Girl With the Dragon Tattoo looks good. Anyone who thinks this remake thing is new doesn't know their Hollywood history.
both of them have played heroes and villains. And I'm willing to give remakes the benefit of the doubt: Let Me In was a solid remake and Girl With the Dragon Tattoo looks good. Anyone who thinks this remake thing is new doesn't know their Hollywood history.
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11:04PM on 12/16/2011
You know, you can only complain about remakes for so long. At the very least, this one is being helmed by a capable director and so far has a pretty damn awesome cast (Brolin and Owen are great choices IMO).

Seriously, not all remakes are bad. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Departed. It's not always the worst thing in the world.
You know, you can only complain about remakes for so long. At the very least, this one is being helmed by a capable director and so far has a pretty damn awesome cast (Brolin and Owen are great choices IMO).

Seriously, not all remakes are bad. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Departed. It's not always the worst thing in the world.
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10:15PM on 12/16/2011
Yes, Clive Owen is awesome, but for the villain, my choice would be Crispin Glover. Yep. And people should stop bitchin about this remake. Yes the original is a masterpiece but if Fincher can remake a foreign masterpiece, then why can't Lee? I don't remember this much bitchin when the remake of the girl with the dragon tattoo was announced.
Yes, Clive Owen is awesome, but for the villain, my choice would be Crispin Glover. Yep. And people should stop bitchin about this remake. Yes the original is a masterpiece but if Fincher can remake a foreign masterpiece, then why can't Lee? I don't remember this much bitchin when the remake of the girl with the dragon tattoo was announced.
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12:17AM on 12/17/2011
Well first, Girl with the Dragon tattoo is not as loved as Oldboy, and it's no masterpiece.
Well first, Girl with the Dragon tattoo is not as loved as Oldboy, and it's no masterpiece.
9:42PM on 12/16/2011
I have a better idea, how about don't make this fucking remake.
I have a better idea, how about don't make this fucking remake.
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9:12PM on 12/16/2011

Owen would be better as the lead

I hate that Oldboy is being remade, but if it is then do it right. Clive Owen would be great as Oh-Dae(or whatever American name they give him). As the villain he'll do a good job. He's a great actor who will kill either role, but imho he is much better suited for the lead role.
I hate that Oldboy is being remade, but if it is then do it right. Clive Owen would be great as Oh-Dae(or whatever American name they give him). As the villain he'll do a good job. He's a great actor who will kill either role, but imho he is much better suited for the lead role.
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