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The long-mooted remake of Korean revenge drama Oldboy is slowly coming to fruition, and Elizabeth Olsen is currently the favourite to play one of the movie’s central characters.
Hollywood has never tired of drawing source material from foreign films, and Oldboy is only one of a long line of non-English language remakes. Although the quality of them is highly variable, Oldboy has the potential to be something great. A perfect DVD to buy along with a home theatre sale, the uncompromising violence and artful cinematics make for a unique experience.
The middle instalment of three thematically linked movies that became known as the Vengeance Trilogy, Oldboy received the Grand Prix jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004 and went on to become one of the most popular foreign films ever released in the United States, subsequently being swiftly earmarked for a remake.
Based on a manga (a style of Japanese comic) with the slightly variant name of Old Boy, the original movie tells the story of Oh Dae-su, who is imprisoned in a barricaded hotel room without explanation or justification. He is released fifteen years later with an equal lack of rationale and given five days to discover the reason for his imprisonment, as well as extract revenge on those responsible for stealing a decade and a half of his life. After meeting a girl named Mi-do in a sushi restaurant, the two of them begin searching together for answers in the hope of uncovering a resolution to the mystery.
The manga and the Korean movie differ significantly in a number of crucial plot details as well as the former being considerably less violent. It’s more likely the remake will take the Korean movie as its source material rather than the manga series. Since the movie is considerably better known than the manga people will be more receptive to seeing it refreshed. Additionally, the investigation in the manga is a lot more detailed and convoluted, which is great for something that you’re reading, but not much use when confined to a two hour running time that needs to keep audiences engaged for its entirety.
The Love Interest
Although the character of Mi-do, renamed Marie in the English script, could be most concisely referred to as a love interest, she is nowhere near the generic and uninteresting one-note piece of window dressing that such roles often relegate women to. Upon meeting Oh Dae-su, she immediately takes charge of the situation when he inexplicably faints, and offers to help him in his search after reading the diaries he kept during his incarceration.
What will make Olsen perfect for the role is that it requires a careful balance of vulnerability and resilience, something she demonstrated more that a little competence at in her head-turning and audience-wowing performance in Martha Marcy May Marlene. As an escapee from a dangerous cult, she was playing a victim and a survivor, convincing utterly as both. As well as overcoming the abuse she suffered, she still partly remained the naïve teenager the flashbacks showed her to have initially been. Assuming that Oldboy’s Marie is anything like her Korean counterpart, it’s precisely that kind of duality that will make her an ideal choice for the character.
The role was previously offered to rising stars Mia Wasikowska (Alice In Wonderland) and Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), both of whom subsequently turned it down. Although nothing official has been announced yet, the details of the film that Olsen has alluded to becoming privy to would suggest she has gone quite far along in the casting process.
The Line Up
The Oldboy remake will be directed by Spike Lee (Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X, Inside Man), and will also star John Brolin (No Country For Old Men, True Grit, Jonah Hex) in the Oh Dae-su role and South African actor Sharlto Copley (District 9, The A-Team) in the role of the charismatic yet utterly insane villain.
Although the character of Marie is not the primary one, she is still appears throughout and remains highly integral to proceedings at all times. The movie’s release will most likely place Olsen’s star in even greater ascendance, assuming it hasn’t already achieved stratospheric heights by the time the movie hits cinema screens.
Elizabeth Olsen arrives at the premiere of Red Lights
Elizabeth Olsen: 'Red Lights' Premiere at Sundance 2012
Elizabeth Olsen, the talented 22-year-old actress of Martha Marcy May Marlene and Silent House, premiered her thriller movie “Red Lights” at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Friday night, January 20.
Elizabeth Olsen and her costars Cillian Murphy and Sigourney Weaver, as well as director Rodrigo Cortes walk the red carpet and the group also enjoyed a “Red Lights” Dinner Party at Grey Goose Blue Door.
Rodrigo Cortes’ latest thriller “Red Lights” starring Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver, Cillian Murphy, Elizabeth Olsen, and Toby Jones. The thriller centers around “psychologist Margaret Matheson and her assistant who study paranormal activity, which leads them to investigate a world-renowned psychic.
If you consider yourself the ultimate Oslen fan, why not test your knowledge with the quiz below?
Elizabeth Oslen has only recently come appeared on our screens. Starting out as a kid actress, who only had small roles in her sister’s films, she has come a along way to reach the high standard of film she appears in now. And with two internationally famous sisters to help her, she is sure to make it big just like them.
If you and your friends love the movies Elizabeth has appeared in, why not invite them over for a fun evening of watching chick flicks? You can also browse through the photo gallery on this site, where you can admire her stunning outfits and elegant jewellery, similar to those items found on the 77diamonds store or Tiffany. But now is the chance to brush up on your Oslen knowledge, before taking this quiz.
When did Elizabeth Oslen make her début?
In 1993, Elizabeth Oslen appeared in ‘Our First Video’ as herself. One year later, she appeared in four of her sisters feature movies (The Adventures of Mary Kate and Ashley), as herself. It was only fifteen years later that she has started acting in Holllywood films such as Martha Marcy May Marlene, Silent House and Peace Love and Understanding. She is set to appear in Red lights (2012), along side Robert de Niro and Sigourney Weaver. She will also be in Liberal Arts (2012) and Very Good Girls (2013).
Where was she born and where did she train as an actress?
The 22 year old actress was born in Sherman Oaks, California, three years after her sisters. After graduating from Campbell Hall School in 2007, she attended Tisch School of the Arts and the Atlantic Theatre Company. However, she almost gave up acting in 2004, when her sister, Mary Kate, developed an eating disorder.
What award recognition has she received?
Elizabeth has been nominated for the Breakthrough Award and the Best Ensemble Cast for Martha Mercy May Marlene.
Elizabeth Olsen, the 22-year-old actress makes an impressive, intriguing film debut in this weekend’s cult drama Martha Marcy May Marlene, which won her plaudits back at Sundance and catapulted Olsen to the front of every casting director’s indie wish list. The film follows the adventure of a young girl who flees into the mountains to escape an abusive cult, and we hear it’s a tour de force.
Elizabeth Olsen at 49th New York Film Festival
Elizabeth’s “Martha Marcy May Marlene” already is stirring Oscar buzz for the young actress, something that never has been experienced by her older famous billionaire twins sisters Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen and rumors begin to fly the older Olsens are feeling a bit of sibling jealousy. Olsen’s debut performance in Martha Marcy May Marlene, proves that as an actress, she has already surpassed her sister’s accomplishments.
Despite the glowing reviews she’s receiving for her lead role in “Martha Macy May Marlene,” in an article in The New York Times she says anticipates graduating from college in the winter or spring, and that she’ll continue living in her tiny little 300 square foot apartment in the West Village.
Elizabeth Olsen’s upcoming projects and actions
Picking her next big move while doing a major league press push for the first time. She recently co-stars the psychological thriller Red Lights, written and directed by Rodrigo Cortes, opposite Robert DeNiro and Sigourney Weaver, and soon she will start shooting Foner’s production the coming-of-age drama Very Good Girls, co-starring Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard, Dustin Hoffman and Sissy Spacek. In the meantime, she will promote Peace, Love and Misunderstanding and was lucky enough to lock lips with Chace Crawford in the upcoming dramedy, Liberal Arts, an independent romantic comedy she stars in opposite How I Met Your Mother’s Josh Radnor.
Open Road Films and Liddell Entertainment will release Silent House, the horror/thriller remake which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, starring the hot breakout star Elizabeth Olsen, on March 9, 2012. Surely filmmakers, the companies, who partnered up as distributors of Silent House back in July, have now set the release date to coincide with the end of an awards season, hoping that date will be coming on the heels of a good night for Olsen at the Oscars, in the spotlight for her performance in Martha Marcy May Marlene.
The Silent House screenplay was written by Laura Lau and directed by Lau and Chris Kentis (the Open Water filmmaking team). Silent House is a remake, based on the Uruguayan horror film La Casa Muda. Elizabeth Olsen gives one of the most amazing performances I’ve seen from a young actress.
The Silent House synopsis:
Silent House finds Elizabeth Olsen playing Laura, “a young woman whose panic grows into terror as she finds herself sealed inside her family’s crumbling lake house. With no electricity and no contact to the outside world, events throughout the house become increasingly frightening and bloody.”