The upcoming thriller Oldboy stars Josh Brolin as Joe Doucett, an advertising executive who is kidnapped and held hostage in solitary confinement for 20 years. When he is finally released, Doucett searches for the person who arranged his cruel punishment. Although he seems to be free, he discovers that he is actually still trapped in a complex conspiracy.
The film is a remake of the 2003 South Korean movie of the same name, which was based on the Japanese manga, also called Oldboy. Spike Lee produces and directs the new film, which is set to premiere Oct. 25, 2013.
Many famous actors, among them Colin Firth and Christian Bale, were reportedly in talks to play villain Adrian Pryce, but the part finally went to up-and-comer Sharlto Copley (District 9), who also appears in this summer’s big budget action flick, Elysium.
Samuel L. Jackson, who previously worked with Lee on Jungle Fever, also stars in Oldboy. Michael Imperioli, frequently seen in Lee’s films, plays the supporting role of Chucky. Elizabeth Olsen, the younger sister of twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, plays Marie, a young social worker who befriends Doucett and helps him find the meaning behind his imprisonment. The 24-year-old actress said fans of the original can expect elements from the manga that never made it into the 2003 Chan-wook Park film to show up this time around.
Mark Protosevich, best known for 2007’s I Am Legend, wrote the screenplay.