As Spike Lee’s take on Old Boy moves towards production, Twitch reports that Rooney Mara is being eyed for the female lead.
A remake of Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy, the film focuses on a man named Joe (Dae-su Oh in the original) who is captured and imprisoned in a hotel room for over two decades (15 years in the original) with no understanding as to why. When he is suddenly released, he’s told that he has just four days to determine the reason for his imprisonment.
Mara, who next plays the title character in David Fincher’s take on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, opposite Josh Brolin already signed on to play Joe.
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.
Spike Lee is set to direct the film with a script from Mark Protosevich and is eyeing an early 2012 production start.
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