Sharlto Copley has been offered the villain role in director Spike Lee's Oldboy remake. The actor is currently in early talks for the part, but a deal hasn't been officially sealed yet.
Sharlto Copley offered the villain role in Oldboy
We reported in December that Clive Owen was offered the role after Colin Firth passed. Now the District 9 star will likely play the mysterious billionaire who releases the protagonist (Josh Brolin) from captivity after 15 years. Elizabeth Olsen is also attached to star as a case worker who helps Josh Brolin's character investigate his past.
Spike Lee is directing Oldboy from a screenplay by Mark Protosevich, who is producing alongside Roy Lee and Mandate Pictures president Nathan Kahane. It isn't known when production will begin on the remake.
Oldboy comes to theaters October 11th, 2013 and stars Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Lance Reddick, Michael Imperioli, James Ransone, Richard Portnow. The film is directed by Spike Lee.