Colin Firth signs on to Park Chan-wook film
Park Chan-wook’s big Hollywood debut project Stoker has got some hefty A-list stars attached, the latest being Academy Award winner Colin Firth, who plays a vampire. From Darcy, to king, to the bloodthirsty undead? Interesting choice…
Firth joins Nicole Kidman and fast-rising star Mia Wasikowska (The Kids Are All Right), as the uncle who suddenly appears after Wasikowska’s father dies. Kidman plays the girl’s mother, the widow. The movie is reportedly inspired by the story of Dracula, according to scriptwriter (and Prison Break star) Wentworth Miller — not in a blood-sucker way, necessarily, but in its interpretation as a “sad love story.”
Not a bad lineup for Park, who has been steadily making a name for himself internationally over the past decade, and is perhaps the most well-known Korean director outside of his home country from making such stylistically distinctive, memorable films like Oldboy and its Vengeance sequels, as well as the quirky psych-ward love story I’m A Cyborg, But It’s Okay. He’s also worked in the vampire genre before with his most recent film, Thirst, which took home a jury prize at Cannes.
I can definitely see why Hollywood would be interested in bringing him onboard — he’s got a strong directorial flair and tons of hipster and critic cachet — but I’ll be interested in seeing how well Park’s work translates to a large-scale, English-language, Hollywood project. It could be awesome, or it could be really, really weird. (Although, his work tends to be really weird regardless, so….)
The movie plans for a 2012 release.
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