No matter which side of the fence you sit when it comes to perfectly-fine foreign-made movies being "Americanized" for audiences here who don't want to read their goddamn movies — and I'm well aware that my side of the fence is the lonelier side — you have to admit that the upcoming remake of Chan-wook Park's revenge thriller Oldboy is certainly something to keep an eye on.
Not only is it a Spike Lee joint — which, in itself, makes it at least worth taking a look at — but Josh Brolin's already locked into the role of the lead character, the man who "has only five days and limited resources to discover why he was imprisoned in a nondescript room for fifteen years without any explanation." (As played to perfection in the 2003 original by the above-pictured Min-sik Choi.) But now, according to The Hollywood Reporter there's another apple of seduction hanging from the remake's tree: Elizabeth Olsen.
Olsen — whose breakout performance came in last year's Martha Marcy May Marlene, possibly the scariest movie of the calendar year and unfairly shut out at the Oscars — is in talks to portray the social worker who helps Brolin investigate just who locked him up for so long, and why.
If you've seen the original, you know that description is leaving out a key part of her character. Or not. In fact, that's going to be the question — whether Lee is trying to capture all of the murky morality of the original, or if he'll just make a crowd-pleasing watered-down version.