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Colin Firth Turns Down Lead Villain Role In Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’ Remake Starring Josh Brolin

Colin Firth Turns Down Lead Villain Role In Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Remake Starring Josh Brolin

Despite recently confirming an offer to play the lead antagonist in Spike Lee‘s upcoming remake of Park Chan-wook‘s “Oldboy,” it looks like things just haven’t worked out for Colin Firth as he has now reportedly turned down the chance to star opposite Josh Brolin in the project.

No word on why Firth has passed but with Lee’s remake set for an early 2012 shoot, the project is certainly leaving it pretty late to fill out the other two principal roles. We’d imagine they wouldn’t be short of suitors but Firth is now the second highly-publicised, in-demand thesp to have turned down the project after Rooney Mara passed on the lead female role — not to mention Christian Bale‘s brief flirtation with the same role Firth has turned down here.

For those who haven’t seen the Korean original, “Oldboy” follows the story of a man who is mysteriously imprisioned for fifteen years and the repercussions of his quest for vegeance after his eventual release (which include some fairly dark twists and turns). Scribe Mark Protosevich, however, has used both Park’s movie and the original manga (which notably doesn’t have the same gut-wrenching twist) for his script with producer Roy Lee also recently adding that the remake will add “new elements, new characters and new situations” to the story. When asked about the ending, Lee slyly dodged the bullet but intriguing replied that it’ll be something “fans of the original will be very happy with. In fact, some may consider it to be a bit darker.”

Firth, meanwhile, is currently lensing “Arthur Newman, Golf Pro” and will move onto Jonathan Teplitzky‘s “The Railway Man” alongside Rachel Weisz next February which, we guess, may have posed a scheudling problem with his potential involvement with this remake. Coincidentally, Firth also turned down a role in Park Chan-wook‘s “Stoker,” with his “A Single Man” co-star Matthew Goode (who starred in Teplitzky’s last feature, “Burning Man“) replacing him.

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So glad he turned this down. Looks like in was in conflict with Bridget Jones 3 that's reported to start filming in early 2012. I don't think TTSS is going to do all that well, it has far too much competition right now, and Main St was a flop. I saw a clip in which Colin Firth said he wanted to do more dramas. Does he not recognize which side his bread is buttered on? It's chick flicks playing the sensitive, caring, blubbering mate of some regular looking woman.


Maybe he finally saw the original and thought "i don't want to be associated with remaking a film that should never haev been remade". We could only hope. Maybe Spike Lee will reconsider as well…….


No balls.

Mr Anonmyous

Can't believe he turned it down! He would have been amazing as the villain! Such a shame. Would loved to have seen what he brought to the role. Guess he doesn't want to shed his nice guy image after all.

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