I think this is pretty disappointing. Spike Lee and Mandate Pictures are prepping a new version of Oldboy for an early 2012 shoot, and the film needs a new villain. Well, ‘villain’ is perhaps the wrong term. Regardless, Colin Firth had been offered one of the major roles in the film, and it wasn’t the ‘hero.’ But Firth has passed on the role, so Lee and Mandate have to find another actor willing to step into the shoes of one of the more interesting antagonists to hit movie screens in a while.
Twitch reports that Firth passed on the role. That’s despite some recent public comments, made while promoting Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, about the fact that it had been offered to him. I was excited at the notion of Firth playing this character because he’d be able to bring a familiarity and depth to the character that will be very useful as the events of the plot unfold.