It’s great how, with Spike Lee signed as director and Josh Brolin set to play the lead role, the remake of Oldboy went from something I hoped would die a quiet death to a film I’m actually looking forward to seeing. But we’re all going to have to wait a bit longer to see the film, as a delay has set in. The shoot once meant to start in March will now happen later in 2012. Not to worry just yet, as the issue at hand is nothing more pressing than a scheduling issue, but it could have some impact on casting. Read More »


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I’m going to keep this rather short because I don’t think at this point there’s much I can speculate about the Spike Lee remake/new version of Oldboy that I haven’t touched on a few times. The short version is that, working from a script by Mark Protosevich, Spike Lee has Josh Brolin set to play a guy who is kidnapped off the street and imprisoned for 15 years, only to be let out and teased about the identity of his persecutor.

Colin Firth was offered the role of that persecutor not long ago, and to my regret turned it down. The role is slightly more complex than your average angry thriller villain, and I think Firth could have brought a welcome depth.

Now, however, Twitch says that Lee is turning to his Inside Man leading man Clive Owen. The actor has been offered the part, but we don’t know if he’s going to jump for it. Read More »

Find it hard to keep up with what films are casting and which actors and actress are doing what? You’re not the only one. It’s all but impossible to keep up with everything, which is why we bring you Casting Bits. Today we’ve got a bunch of big names in smaller movies, a few studio productions sprinkled in and then a couple we missed in recent days. After the jump read about:

  • Miley Cyrus cast as Adam Sandler’s daughter in Hotel Transylvania
  • Rufus Sewell is confirmed to join Paradise Lost, as Lucifer’s buddy Samael
  • Clive Owen is an NSA agent in Recall, written by Paul Schrader
  • Elizabethtown co-stars Kirsten Dunst and Orlando Bloom team up again in Cities
  • Genesis Rodriguez is an FBI agent in The Last Stand
  • Comedians Tracy Morgan and Eddie Griffin are reportedly battling to play the Ol’ Dirty Bastard in a coming biopic
  • Alona Tal and Natalie Martinez will star alongside Mark Wahlberg in Albert Hughes’ Broken City

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‘Killer Elite’ Trailer #2

We’ve got a load of second trailers today — new ones from In Time and Moneyball are on the way — but we’ll start with this second look at the Jason Statham action flick Killer Elite. The last trailer outlined the basic plot: Jason Statham is a killer whose mentor/partner (Robert De Niro) is kidnapped by Clive Owen, leading to a big violent rescue attempt set to ‘Rock You Like a Hurricane’ by The Scorpions. If that sounds terrible then there is probably no reason to keep reading. If that sounds great, know that Killer Elite looks like an action cliche party, and this trailer is your invitation. Read More »

Here’s the trailer for Killer Elite, which is the Jason Statham-iest Jason Statham movie yet. The muscular star plays a killer (elite) whose mentor (Robert De Niro) is kidnapped by another killer (Clive Owen). Cue a rescue attempt and a great many instances of people talking about just what a badass Jason Statham is. Gary McKendry directs this one, which should be an instant ticket purchase for anyone who loved The Mechanic. Check the trailer below. Read More »

You don’t need a major studio to attract big stars to your movie. A great story and some money will do the trick. An example of this is Killer Elite, an independently-produced action movie based on a true story starring Jason Statham, Robert De Niro and Clive Owen. The film, directed by first time feature filmmaker Gary McKendry, will be the first one distributed by Open Road Films, a new label created by AMC and Regal Entertainment. It opens September 23. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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Before Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) makes The Crow, he’ll have a film out called Intruders. We haven’t known much about it other than that it stars Clive Owen and Daniel Bruhl (Inglourious Basterds) features as a priest. Now there is a teaser trailer that makes it look like we’re in for something along the lines of a bigger-budget Paranormal Activity. And while the teaser is appropriately brief, it looks solid. Read More »

James Marsh is a director who covers a few different bases and does so quite well. He makes excellent documentaries (the Oscar-winning Man on Wire, and Project Nim) and also has facility with dramas and thrillers such as The King and his Red Riding episode. He’s got Project Nim going around festivals now, and for his next project is planning to make a thriller about an IRA terrorist who becomes an informer. Guy Pearce was once attached to a key role, but now Clive Owen will play that part instead. Read More »

When I first saw the Apple listing for a trailer for Trust, I got excited that Hal Hartley’s deadpan 1990 family drama might be getting a rerelease. (It isn’t on DVD, but is streaming on Netflix.)

Instead, this is a trailer for David Schwimmer‘s second directorial effort, in which a 14-year old girl (Liana Liberato) develops an online relationship with a boy who (shocker) turns out to be not quite what he pretended to be online. The film premiered at TIFF last year, and there was an early trailer cut at the opening of the fall. Now check out this more final trailer, after the break. Read More »

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