Clive Owen Says No To OLDBOY, Brolin's MIB Press Commitments Push Start Date Back

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Clive Owen Says No To OLDBOY, Brolin's MIB Press Commitments Push Start Date Back
Spike Lee's remake of Oldboy is still looking for its villain. Christian Bale was rumored for the part at one point before it was formally offered to Colin Firth. When Firth turned it down it was then offered to Clive Owen. And now Owen has said no as well.

The lack of a villain seems less of a pressing issue at the moment, though, as word is now also out - via Variety's Jeff Sneider - that production is being pushed back to late summer or early fall to accommodate Josh Brolin's press commitments for Men In Black III.

Where do producers turn next? Hard to say, though there are still some solid options out there. Idris Elba would be an excellent choice, for one, or Michael Fassbender, though his schedule is a tough nut to crack as well. What do you think?
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icn1983January 7, 2012 5:06 PM

Kill the project?

Todd BrownJanuary 7, 2012 5:26 PM

Not happening.

AlexJanuary 7, 2012 10:41 PM

i would like to know why...why are these actors turning down the film. Is it because of respect for the original feature? does anyone know?

Todd BrownJanuary 7, 2012 10:53 PM

Far more likely scheduling issues or, in the case of Colin Firth, concerns over public image with a villain character this harsh.

sitenoiseJanuary 8, 2012 12:57 PM

Timothy Olyphant or Ben Foster

TurboJanuary 9, 2012 11:46 AM

Shaquille O'Neal

BerkleyJanuary 12, 2012 8:45 PM

Duh. Javier Bardem. . . wait. Too soon?

hammer1January 23, 2012 3:14 AM

mads mikkelson or maybe Alex Sarsgaard (i know i'm spelling those both wrong wrong wrong) guy pearce, tim robinson, guy from texas who played the guy who could fly on heroes (name is escaping me) i don't know there are a lot of people who could pull it off, just have to be able to pull off the air of rich self absorbed handsome fella, someone elegant but sociopathic.