District 9 star offered Oldboy villain

It’s the part Spike Lee just can’t fill: that of the villain in his upcoming remake of Oldboy.

Christian BaleColin Firth, and Clive Owen have all passed on the role, though, as anyone who has seen Park Chan-wook‘s South Korean original knows, it’s a juicy one.

Variety now reports that an offer has gone out to District 9‘s Sharlto Copley.

Josh Brolin is set to star as a man kidnapped and imprisoned without explanation, and released 15 years later (also without explanation). Framed for the murder of his wife, our hero goes on a violent rampage and hunts down his mysterious captors.

Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) has been offered the female lead.

Discuss: Does Copley have what it takes to be an imposing antagonist opposite Brolin?

One Response to “District 9 star offered Oldboy villain”

  1. I loved district nine, it was Sci Fi that touched the edges of our human mortality and stupidity, weird but good movie so I look forward to him starring in a really good movie

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