Those of you who have seen District 9 can attest that Sharlto Copley should be in a lot more movies. The South African actor delivered a fantastic performance in that film (his first time acting professionally), and since went on to star in The A-Team and the Neill Blomkamp’s upcoming film Elysium opposite Matt Damon. Now Variety reports that the actor has just been offered the villain role in Spike Lee’s American remake of Oldboy, a 2003 Korean thriller from director Chan-Wook Park that holds the distinction of being one of the most disturbing movies I’ve seen in a long time.
Lee has always been a controversial filmmaker, but I’m doubtful the same visceral qualities of the original Korean film will translate equally to American screens (especially the gut-punch of the ending). That being said, I’m glad this project isn’t in the hands of Steven Spielberg and Will Smith, as it once was. Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen are set to star, with Brolin playing a man kidnapped and locked up for 15 years for no reason who is suddenly released and wants revenge on his captors. But first he must find out who they are, and Olsen plays a case worker trying to help him find the truth.
Copley will play a mysterious billionaire who wants to destroy Brolin’s life. Though he hasn’t played one on screen yet, I think Copley is a great choice for a villainous role. He’s an actor that really brings a lot of energy to whatever he does, and I’m interested to see how he comes across as a bad guy. Thoughts?