News has been slow coming for the reboot of the Park Chan-wook film Oldboy which is based on the manga of the same name. Casting news has changed drastically over the last few months for the Spike Lee directed reboot. Colin Firth was originally offered the role of the villain, however he has decided against it and now Sharlto Copley has been offered the part.
Copely, most known for staring in the film District 9, will appear opposite Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen as the main characters.
The reboot will follow Joe (named Dae-su Oh in the original) who will be played by Brolin as he is captured and imprisoned in a hotel room for over two decades (it was 15 years in the original). But Joe has no understanding why he has been imprisoned. When he is suddenly released, he is told he has just four days to determine the reason for his detainment.
Originally a late ’90’s manga series by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi, the American version will apparently, as in that series, go by that two word title rather that the single world Oldboy that Chan-wook’s version used.
I have seen the original film (but have not read the manga) and there are some pretty heavy themes from live and love, to the psychology of being imprisoned, incest, family ties, and not to mention the brutality. I am not to sure American audiences are totally ready for what the film entails, and I am curious to see what they keep and what they change slightly to make more appropriate for the less open-minded audiences.
Oh yeah, and the scene where he eats a live octopus alive… will probably make you sick. This probably won’t be included in the American reboot as eating live octopus is not a delicacy here as it is in Korea.
Five new behind-the-scenes photos featuring the new aliens from Men In Black 3 have been released courtesy of Stark Industries. The photos also feature makeup effects artist Rick Baker on the set with the whole new set of aliens as well as the lead villain played by Jermaine Clement.
The film comes ten years after the second film and fifteen years after the original. The film series is based on the Malibu/Marvel comic book series The Men in Black by Lowell Cunningham.
The official movie description is as follows:
In Men in Black 3, Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) are back… in time. J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men in Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when K’s life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him — secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K (Josh Brolin) to save his partner, the agency, and the future of humankind.
The cast includes:
- Will Smith as Agent J, an MIB agent
- Tommy Lee Jones as Agent K, an MIB agent
- Josh Brolin as Young Agent K
- Emma Thompson as Agent O,agent of the MIB in present day and a secretary in the 1960s
- Alice Eve as Young Agent O
- Nicole Scherzinger as Lily Poison, an antagonist
- Jemaine Clement as the main antagonist Boris
- Bill Hader as Andy Warhol
- Keone Young as Mr. Wu
- Yuri Lowenthal as Knuckles (voice)
- According to Digital Spy, Lady Gaga, among other celebrities slated to appear in MIB 3, will make a small cameo in the movie.
MIB3 is set to hit theaters on May 25th, 2012. You can see the new set photos below: