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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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This sounds kind of interesting... but I'll probably wait for it to come out on Netflix.

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Whoa AWESOME. I cant wait to see this. /Does a happy dance. <3 <3 <3 Firth.

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This is awesome!!...eventhought i am not korean i do appreciate there movies, and i would love to see more Asian influence in Hollywood, specially in horror films, they have the best taste!!

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(aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrgh) Silently and internally screaming in my office. I have an unnatural love for Colin which I somehow forgot until, this moment during the grammies when he smiled and BANG, it all came back. Seeing that this is DB I'm pretty sure no one claims him or minds if i do, So back off girls (i imagine people backing off because they think I'm a nutter, which I am;)

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He's already mine. I claimed him in 1995 when I saw Pride and Prejudice for the first time.

Do you prefer swords or pistols, at dawn?

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Just a moment there sister. How many times have you watched ALL 6 volumes? Oh and what other two movies was he in where he played a variation of Mr. Darcy?

Answer those and then I'll see you at dusk with pistols (swords are too messy)

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I've seen the whole 6-volume set over 100 times!! More than 50 times when I was in university. Mwahahahahaha!! *evil grin*

He played the unruffle-able Marc Darcy in Bridget Jones's Diary and the sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (both of which I saw in the theater, although I only loved the first one).

I've also watched Valmont (VERY young CF) and the following:

The English Patient
Shakespeare in Love
My Life So Far
Blackadder Back & Forth
The Turn of the Screw
The Importance of Being Earnest
What a Girl Wants
Girl With a Pearl Earring
Love Actually
Nanny McPhee
St. Trinian’s
Mamma Mia
Easy Virtue
Dorian Gray
St. Trinian’s II
And
The King’s Speech

All of which contain the estimable Mr. Firth.

Prepare for your demise! I'm off for some target practice now!

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No, I'm not a crazy stalker...I just play one on the internet! ;)

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WOW you gals are too funny.

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Is it wrong that I've seen all of his movies too? lol I swear his wife is the luckiest girl in the whole world. He's just absolutely perfect.

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I'm really impressed by your list! Can't blame you! Colin Firth will always be THE Mr.Darcy to me!

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LOL. You're so funny. I have yet to see a 1/3 of the film you listed. But what about Bridget Jones' Diary?

But, Colin Firth will always be the one and only Mr. Darcy, no matter how many remakes the make.

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Uhh I have a marksmanship award from the US Air Force...I think i can take you.

Seen all those movies but The Kings Speech and that will be resolved soon. I OWN the DVD and VHS tape collection of Pride and prejudice, I actually squeeled with joy when I found the dvd set.

Although, I think I'd rather call Dibbs on Christian Bale. I've loved him since he was a Newsie and Lawrie from Little Women.

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*ponders list*
i definitely don't deserve him then.
*sends colin off to portia*

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Ahem....closet Colin Firth fan.

Pride and Prejudice-at least 10 times.Favourite scenes-countless.

Gosh...the lake scene.ARGH.Remembering.

Bridget Jones both of them.

But you know who I am in love with quesitions.Been staring at your gift all day :-)

Bye now...that I've hassled you.Hah.

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Pistols? Meh. I'm more of a sword and hand-to-hand combat person, it's more satisfying that way (and you get a decent work out too). Good thing I've been slowly falling for Mr. Firth, otherwise I would have to challenge you both for the right to his heart, only to realize that I would be bringing a sword to a gunfight..... Unless I pull some awesome Rurouni Kenshin moves and deflect your bullets with my blade. MUAHAHAHA. *cough*

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I leave the dueling to my Ninja monkeys, yes I said Ninja monkeys. They will destroy whenever,wherever. And speaking of Mr Darcy, who watched the extra features on Bridget Jones 2 where Renee interviews him about the lake scene from Pride and Prejudice (She was acting as Bridget Jone and he was Just being himself)...Super Fun!

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god, now I really feel like rewatching Pride and Prejudice. How unnatural is it for a 14 year old girl (probably how old I was when I saw it) to have a crush on Colin Firth? LOL!! I'm glad to see I'm not the only one whose crush NEVER WENT AWAY! Why does PaP (lol) have to be so long though?! Okay, I'll settle for Bridget Jones' Diary.

Also, seriously, Wentworth Miller?!

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this time...this time only(I hope)
he is sure that we will be here in 2012?!?!?!?>:)
if yes bring it on
Wentworth Miller has an English major and somehow I felt that his place is behind the camera... no matter how hot he looks :P
Colin Firth has that charm... he looks good only you watch him acting... but he is sexy and intriguing ( I love his movies and he works a lot)

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Mister Darcy and Satine, would have been a good couple...but :( , she's not the lead meeh. And it's a vampire story , i don't like those...so boring and fake. Maybe some other time i will have the opportunity to watch them together, for now i pass XD

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Let's see my Mr. Darcy with purly wonderful Nichole and Thirst/Oldboy director? Where does the line start?

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The "Dracula" story I know (by Bram Stoker) isn't the least bit romantic at all. At least, for Dracula. It was totally dark and scary as hell.

BTW, are we allowed to fangirl on Wentworth even if this is dramabeans? :P

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miller? count me in. him + script = total hottie.

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Interesting....Wentworth Miller's "Stoker" is a nod to Bram Stoker but it has nothing to do with vampires. He describes it as a love story with a Hitchcock twist.

I'm offically a Wentworth fan-girl. He's got a beautiful body and brain.

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I LOVE YOUUUUUUUUUUUU COLINNNNNNN FIRTHHHH

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LOL so we ARE allowed.

Wentwooooooooooooooooorth!!!!!!!!!

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Even if we aren't, I think it's worth RANTING the love for my Firth! \m/ Soooooooo sexyyyy! ♥

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Okay......I don't know what to make out of this....

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Wentworth Miller is the scriptwriter??? ...wow
anyways, that must be a real good script, good for him =)

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Darcy as vampire!! Omo!

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Man, I'm waiting for 'The King's Speech' DVD, missed it in the theater and he's taking the next project already? I hope the movie will not be so hard to understand, heard the Rain one was a bit weird.

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oooh.. wentworth miller. script writer, hottie.

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Wow I had to reread the line about Wentworth being the scriptwriter a couple of times. The project sounds really interesting, though not really my kind of thing. Let's see if it entices me when the trailer's released.

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The cast looks great, accept for Nicole Kidman. I used to be her big fan. But she seems to lose her acting chop. Ever since she acted in The Stepford Wives, her performance has gone downhill. She seems to likes her look in that movie so much that she couldn't part way with it. So she has become a perfect porcelain doll. Her facial expressions has become so predictable that I yawned a lot of times while watching Australian at the movie. I used to like her so much in Dead Calm, Far and Away, Moulin Rouge, The Others..., to name a few, the time when her acting was still natural.

Anyway, let's wait and see.

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It would have been perfect with Jodie Foster and Carey Mulligan (their first pick). Oh well, at least India is played by Mia and not Kristen Stewart.

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Did you see her latest film, for which she was nominated for an Oscar, Rabbit Hole? She definitely still has the acting chops!

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Wow, so many big names tossed around, from the cast to the director. Definitely interested... And I'm glad that there's the assurance that it won't be a vampire film "in a blood-sucker way". I can't really stomach too much blood and gore

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mr DARCY
MR DARCY
mr darcy
MINE MINE MINE MINE MINE MINE MINE MINE MINE MINE
he was in my most favourite jane austen adaptation of all time. nothing beats P&P 1995!

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curious, very curious....

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Ooooooooh I love me some Colin Firth. Whatever role it is, I know he can do it, for sure! :) Love him!

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I usually don't comment (too lazy) but I love Colin Firth and Wentworth Miller!! I'm so proud of Wentworth Miller and I hope he does well. I would rather see his handsome face on screen than off screen but I do look forward to seeing what he has to offer as a scriptwriter. Thanks for the news!

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Firth as a vampire?.....interesing...i dont think i can see him as scary but still...loving the lineup so far!

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that is a really interesting combination! and a script by wentworth miller! very interesting!

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I am really interested in this script to really assess Wentworth's writing chops. Yes, I know he went to Yale. Doesn't mean much.

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I dont think he went to Yale. He graduated from Princeton University.
Miller's script was voted to the 2010 "Black List" of the 10 best unproduced screenplays making the rounds in Hollywood.

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Mr. Darcy & Mark Darcy, marrry meee.........!!

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MR. DARCY :D
Will be quite weird seeing him play a vampire though. I've only ever seen him in roles where he's this faily gentleman that tries his best.

Still so excited, I love Colin! And Nicole!

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It seems very likely that he will pull off being a vampire. I think his character will be like the love actually writer/oddball type. ( incidentally that is my favorite Firth role.) Nicole Kidman I think is too old to play in this movie, but unfortunately there isn't any other young actress with skills. ( Correct me if I'm wrong I have been familiarizing myself with K-actors these days) I dislike horror films and I won't be seeing this one.

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How is she too old when she's 7 years younger than him?

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k-dramas have addled my brain. It just occurred to me that great classic film has many ageless women and it really doesn't matter in western film but in k-drama there's always a crazy age gap between the leads.

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THE LOVEEEEEEE OF MY LIFEEEEEE

MR. DARCYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!

OMG I love Colin Firth!!!!! I don't care if the man is 50th

he issssssssss hottttttttt!!!!!!!!!!! I though I was in different blog or I was seeing things when I saw Colin here!!....

omg Colin Firth as Dracula..... that means I can be his Belllaaaaaaa..... **swooonssss***

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I hope Hollywood won't crush his style! I'm curious as to what kind of tone this movie will take.

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Colin Firth!!!! This just made my week!

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"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a vampire in possession of a good coffin must be in want of a neck."
- Sympathy for Mr. Dracula Darcy

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LOL very nice.

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Uh oh so funny ..may i quote this for my fb status? Thanks

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Yay Colin Firth! I totally want him to be dark and twisted and mysterious as opposed to his usual lovable self. Kind of sad that Jodie Foster and Carey Mulligan aren't doing the film, but I like Mia so we're good :)

P.S. I had no Idea I'm A Cyborg was done by Park Chan-wook! That was my very first introduction to Korean cinema, and I loved it. I really need to watch the Vengance trilogy...

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One word: AWESOME.

The cast is super-awesome. The premise looks good too (I always love gothic fiction). I hope the script will be good and not too much skewed to meet Hollywood's preteen audience. *cross my finger here* Colin Firth & Nicole Kidman are two of my fave actors and I really don't wish them to be in another flop, esp with NK just recently gained her fame back through her acting in Rabbit Hole.

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cast looks good!
and wentworth miller as a screenwriter? i've heard but i'll be interested when i hear the first couple of dialogue

and we'll see how the director do this movie

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wow this is definitely something to watch out for, great info dramabeans!

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I love Mr. Darcy! I love Colin Firth!

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Oh dont make me faint please just ohno please Colin Firth.
Yum. Colin Firth?!?!
Colin Firth. So intense.

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