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Matthew Goode In, Colin Firth Out For Park Chan-Wook’s English Language Debut ‘Stoker’

Matthew Goode In, Colin Firth Out For Park Chan-Wook’s English Language Debut ‘Stoker’

Well, that’s weird. We were just wondering what was going on with this film and lo and behold an update has arrived.

Variety reports that Matthew Goode has come aboard “Oldboy” director Park Chan-Wook’s English language debut “Stoker.” The bad news, is that Colin Firth — attached to the film earlier in the year — has dropped out. “Stoker” is described as a fantastical, fairy-tale like family drama that follows the story of an eccentric teen, India (Mia Wasikowska), whose enigmatic and estranged uncle returns to the family after the death of the girl’s father. People, however, start to go missing in her hometown at the same time and she soon discovers that her uncle may be the cause. Nicole Kidman is still on board to play India’s mother, and Goode taking the part of the uncle (the role previously pegged for Firth).

Goode is probably best known for his role in Zack Snyder‘s “Watchmen” and at one point he was among the final contenders to suit up for “Man Of Steel.” He’s joined up a few projects this year including the Pierre Morel action picOverdrive” and Neil LaBute‘s “Crooked House.” But this is the kind of film that could take him to bigger and better things, so we’re glad to see him in here.

No word yet on when this will get going but it’s a priority project over at Fox Searchlight and we imagine they want to get it rolling soon. Could a return to Cannes — where he won jury prizes for both “Oldboy” and “Thirst” — be in the works? Let’s hope so.

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