Variety says Colin Firth has unfortunately dropped out of Oldboy director Park Chan-Wook’s English language debut – the fantastical horror movie Stoker but a replacement has quickly been found and the movie is thankfully still alive. Watchmen actor Matthew Goode is in talks to replace the Oscar winner which no disrespect to Goode, is a notable step-down the pecking order.
Stoker is said to follow Mia Wasikowska as an eccentric teen who is distraught after the death of her father and has the emergence of a strange uncle (Goode) in her life which coincides with the disappearance of people from her hometown. If she has watched Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt as many times as I have, she would probably start to get suspicious about her uncle very quickly. Nicole Kidman remains attached as her mother.
Goode’s role will reportedly require him to stab one victim in the neck with a pair of scissors, and bludgeon another one to death using a tree branch. That sounds fun but wasn’t it cooler when we knew the Oscar winning The King’s Speech actor would be doing that?
Prison Break actor Wentworth Miller (under the pseudonym Ted Foulke) wrote the script that will be produced by Tony & Ridley Scott via Scott Free and is setup as a priority at Fox Searchlight. No official word on when shooting will begin but I imagine it will be soon, for a release next year.