When word got out that the offer had been made to Colin Firth to play opposite Josh Brolin in the Spike Lee directed remake of Oldboy there was a general consensus that it was an inspired choice. And so it stung a little bit when Firth eventually passed on the part, a situation that leads to the obvious question of who do they try for next?
Well, that decision has been made and it is arguably an even better selection than Firth was.
Twitch has learned that the villain role has now been offered to Clive Owen. Owen and Lee have history, of course, having worked together on Lee's underrated thriller The Inside Man. That the director and star know and like each other is certainly a plus but a much bigger plus is that Owen embodies the perfect blend of sophistication and menace that the part requires along with the sort of charisma needed to go toe to toe with Brolin. Now he just needs to say yes.
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