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'District 9's' Sharlto Copley offered villain role in Spike Lee's 'Oldboy'
Spike Lee's controversial remake of Park Chan-Wook's esteemed 2004 revenge thriller "Oldboy" has been slowly gathering a formidable cast over the last few months, including Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen ("Martha Marcy May Marlene"). But the villain role has been harder to pin down, with Christian Bale, Colin Firth, Clive Owen and others reportedly passing on the part.
Now Lee and his co-producers are looking to the lesser-known Sharlto Copley, the main actor in "Disctrict 9," who also appeared in the big screen version of "The A-Team." Variety reports that Copley has been offered the part.
The film, based on a Japanese manga, centers on a seemingly ordinary man who sets out for revenge after being mysteriously imprisoned for fifteen years. Park's 2004 film starred Choi Min-sik ("I Saw the Devil"), Yu Ji-tae and Kang Hye-jeong, and was critically well-received for its high-style brutal action and twist ending.
The American remake has had a bumpy road to the big screen. It was previously set up at Universal, with "Fast and Furious" director Justin Lin attached and Nicolas Cage rumored to be starring. Later, DreamWorks announced the property with Will Smith in negotiations to star and Steven Spielberg directing. After that fell apart, it shifted to its current incarnation at Mandate Pictures.