Elizabeth Olsen Confirms Role in Spike Lee's Oldboy Remake

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Elizabeth Olsen Confirms Role in Spike Lee's <i>Oldboy</i> Remake

Indie darling Elizabeth Olsen, who became more than just the little sister of famous twins at Sundance 2011 with a haunting performance in Martha Marcy May Marlene, has confirmed her long-rumored role in Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake. “I start filming Old Boy in a month,” she confided to Paste, “although it’s already been a process of several months, with rewrites and chatting about the character.”

“The original was 10 years ago,” the actress said, “and so a lot had to change story-wise. And then we’re making an American story, which ultimately will turn out to be very diferent from the Korean story—especially since the original story was a Japanese book! There are so many different re-imaginings of the story, and it’s just fantastic to be able to play around with them. I’m excited.”

Park Chan-wook’s original film won the Grand Prix at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, and is a cult favorite. The Lee remake also stars Josh Brolin and Samuel L. Jackson, among others.

Olsen is the romantic lead in this weekend’s Liberal Arts, Josh Radnor’s highly anticipated followup to happythankyoumoreplease and one of Paste’s favorite films of the year.

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