Here’s two new bits of casting news, conveniently tied together by one actor. According to an article over at Deadline, South African actor Sharlto Copley has been closed his deal to play the villain role in Spike Lee’s adaptation of Oldboy. The role was previously offered to Colin Firth, Christian Bale and Clive Owen, all of whom eventually turned it down.
In Park Chan-Wook’s film, the main antagonist was Lee Woo-Jin (renamed Adrian Pryce for the American adaptation), played with an equal amount of charisma and creepiness by Yoo Ji-Tae. Sharlto Copley has already won a lot of favour for his role as Wikus, the prawnitis-afflicted protagonist of District 9, so it will definitely be interesting to see him in a villain role.
Before he begins work on Oldboy, however, he will be heading over to Hungary to play the lead in Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego’s Open Grave, a thriller about a man who wakes up in a pit full of dead bodies and only a few scattered memories of committing horrible murders. Sounds like me the morning after I went to see Bratz The Movie.