By our guest blogger, Joe Oliveto
After taking home an Academy Award for his work in “The King’s Speech,” Colin Firth could have just about any role he wants right now. However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, he’s taking a break from the Oscar bait and romantic comedies to star in “Stoker,” the first English language film from acclaimed director Park Chan-wook, the filmmaker behind “Oldboy.”
Clearly, this is a pairing that no one saw coming.
Details about the project are scanty, but word is it’s a vampire thriller. One might worry that Park is catering to American audiences with this choice of genre, but he’s actually worked with this material before, directing the terrific thriller “Thirst.”
Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska are said to be appearing in the film as well.
Overall, this is probably good news. It’s encouraging to see that Colin Firth’s recognition by the academy has, rather than lulling him into a sense of contentment, reinvigorated his enthusiasm for acting; this is the kind of role we’d never expect him to take.
As far as Park Chan-wook working in Hollywood…well, we’re a little more skeptical about that. He’s the kind of director who makes great films because he refuses to compromise his own vision. If the studio system interferes too greatly with his work, we could be in for an unfulfilled creative vision. Hopefully he has enough clout to get his movie made the way he would like it to be.