We previously reported that Josh Brolin was the top choice to play the lead in Spike Lee’s remake of Park Chan-Wook’s 2003 Korean revenge flick, Oldboy. Now Deadline is reporting that he’s got the job. For those unfamiliar with the original, the story centers on a man who is abducted and imprisoned for 15 years with no idea why or by whom. When he is suddenly released for seemingly no reason, he goes on a hunt to track down and kill those responsible for his imprisonment. The original is a thoughtful, thrilling, and a fresh take on the revenge genre and I’m excited to see how Lee is going to handle the American version. Getting Josh Brolin on board ain’t a bad start.
Deadline reports that Brolin just wrapped on Men in Black III and that he’s moving on to Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad. The plan is to then shoot Oldboy before moving on to co-star with Kate Winslet in Jason Reitman’s Labor Day, which starts rolling in June.