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Published on May 2nd, 2012 | by Film Ledger

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Sharlto Copley Cast as the Villain in Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’ Remake

After an excellent debut in the Oscar-nominated District 9, the talented South African native actor has had a relatively quiet career since, sans a starring role in The A-Team. However, Sharlto Copley has been confirmed to play the villain role in Spike Lee’s Oldboy, a remake of the 2003 Korean revenge thriller from Chan Wook-Park.

He will play Adrian Pryce, an enigmatic billionaire obsessed with making life as miserable as possible for Joe Douchett (Josh Brolin, Men In Black III). Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) is set to star alongside Brolin in the female lead, as a caseworker who helps Brolin’s character in his quest to discover why he was imprisoned without warning for the last 15 years of his life.

The original Oldboy is considered a cult classic due to a revenge narrative replete with memorable scenes and an ending that could only best be summed up as disturbing – but for those who have seen the original, not even “disturbing” may do it justice. With this in mind, I was curious to how it would translate to American audiences and replicate what made it great. But the news of Copley’s casting has tempered my skepticism a little as he rounds out a strong cast of actors that I believe can bravely portray such dark roles. I still need to hear more plot details on the project, which beings shooting in September of this year, in order to be fully convinced that this remake is justified.

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