Well, Colin Firth has selected his first post-Best Actor Oscar role, and it’s something of a surprise—he will star in Stoker, the first English-language film directed by South Korean director Park Chan-wook (the man beyond the wild brilliance of the Vengeance Trilogy—Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy and Lady Vengeance). And, because it’s 2011 and all films must now be comprised of at least 23% undead material, it looks like Firth is playing a vampire.
According to /Film:
“Firth will star alongside fellow Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman and Alice in Wonderland herself, Mia Waskiowska, in the story of a girl and her mother who, after the death of the father, reunite with his mysterious brother. Kidman is the mother, Waskiowska is the girl and Firth would be the mysterious uncle, who is rumored to be a vampire. Hence the Bram Stoker-influenced title.”
While one’s initial reaction to yet another vampire flick may be one of disdain or cynicism, that’s not a bad cast, and anyone who has seen his work knows that Park Chan-wook is behind some of the most visually inventive and complex films in recent memory. And the fact that the script, “written by Prison Break star Wentworth Miller, showed up on the 2010 Black List,” doesn’t exactly hurt its chances, either. Cautiously optimistic about this one.