Old Boy Targets Sharlto Copley for Villain Role

Spike Lee’s Old Boy may have lined up its villain. Variety reports that Sharlto Copley has been offered the part and is likely to star opposite Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen.

A remake of Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy, the film focuses on a man named Joe (Dae-su Oh in the original) who is captured and imprisoned in a hotel room for over two decades (15 years in the original) with no understanding as to why. When he is suddenly released, he’s told that he has just four days to determine the reason for his imprisonment.

Originally a late ’90’s manga series by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi, the American version will apparently, as in that series, go by that two word title rather that the single world Oldboy that Chan-wook’s version used.

Copley, best known for his starring role in District 9, also appeared in The A-Team and will soon appear in the upcoming sci-fi projects The Europa Report and Elysium (the latter re-teaming him with director Neill Blomkamp).

(Photo Credit: WENN.com)