'District 9' star would join Brolin, Olsen in Spike Lee pic

“District 9″ star Sharlto Copley has been offered the villain role in Spike Lee’s “Oldboy” and is in early talks to join Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen in Mandate Pictures’ revenge thriller.

Copley is also set to star in Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego’s “Open Grave,” an Atlas Independent pic that shoots next month in Hungary.

Based on Chan-wook Park’s Korean film, “Oldboy” stars Brolin as a man who is kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years for unknown reasons. When inexplicably released, he sets out to find out who held him hostage and why.

Copley is in early talks to play a mysterious billionaire out to destroy the protag’s life, while Olsen will play a caseworker who helps Brolin’s character investigate the past.

Roy Lee and Doug Davison are producing with Mandate prexy Nathan Kahane. Mark Protosevich wrote the script and will co-produce.

In addition to Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi pic “District 9,” Copley previously starred in Joe Carnahan’s actioner “The A-Team.” Thesp recently reteamed with Blomkamp on Sony’s Matt Damon starrer “Elysium,” and he also has Sebastian Cordero’s space thriller “Europa” in the can. Copley is repped by WME.

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