The King's Speech actor stays mum on if he accepted role in Spike Lee's remake
Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King's Speech, A Single Man, Love Actually
) acknowledged in an interview with the Moviefone website that he was "approached" to star in Spike Lee's remake of Park Chan-Wook's live-action film Old Boy
. However, he stayed mum on whether he agreed to the role or even if he and the producers are in active discussions:
Moviefone: There is a report that you've been approached to star in Spike Lee's Old Boy remake. Is this true?
Firth: They are making a film. And, yeah, I have been approached about it.
Moviefone: Is it confirmed?
Moviefone: So you're talking?
Firth: I've just… heard about it. [Smiles] You know.
The Twitch film website had reported
last week that Firth was offered the villain role of Adrian in the remake. Lee (Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever, Malcolm X
onto Mandate Pictures' American remake of Old Boy
in July, and Josh Brolin is slated
to play the male lead. Park's film was itself inspired by Garon Tsuchiya
and Nobuaki Minegishi
's manga Old Boy
Last month, a writer for the entertainment trade magazine Variety reported
that Mandate Pictures is still filling its female led role for the film since Rooney Mara (The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
remake) passed on it.
Mandate Pictures is developing the project with producers Doug Davison
and Roy Lee
, Dark Water
, Death Note
remake plans) of Vertigo Entertainment
and Lee's 40 Acres & A Mule Productions. Mark Protosevich (Thor, I Am Legend
) wrote a script, and Mandate Pictures President Nathan Kahane is serving as executive producer.
The trade magazine Variety
earlier described the Korean film's story about "a man who's kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years. When he's finally released and begins looking into the reason for his captivity, he soon finds out that his kidnapper has even more torturous plans for him." (The original manga has the protagonist imprisoned for a different number of years and does not have the Korean film's added plot twist ending.)Dark Horse Comics
publishes the manga in North America. Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news tip.[Via Comic Book Movies]