Park's Stoker gains big names
Chan-Wook Park's Stoker film has two rather big names negotiating to join, and if they do then this could well be an incredibly strong Hollywood arrival for the excellent writer and director.
Previously names such as Carey Mulligan and Jodie Foster were rumoured to be in talks for the roles, but two new names have emerged for the Stoker film that will mark Park's first English language film.
You'll know Chan-Wook Park for films such as Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (Filmstalker review), Oldboy (Filmstalker review), I'm a Cyborg but that's OK and Thirst, all great films that are visually strong as well as delivering excellent and very unique stories and characters. He's got a great talent and I'm really hoping that it survives the travel to Hollywood without being swamped by controlling and overpowering names and studios.
So he comes with Stoker, a film that the L.A. Times through The Playlist describes as a "family mystery-drama" and was written by Wentworth Miller who has apparently already written a sequel to the story and could well see that turned into a film should this first one do well, and there are two names being rumoured as in negotiations.
Stoker is the story of a teenage girl called India, who is to be played by Mia Wasikowska, whose father dies and she sees her estranged uncle return to the family. However as he returns people start to go missing in her hometown and she believes her uncle is the cause.
Kidman would be playing her mother while Firth would be playing the Uncle, and that would be excellent if you consider the role that Firth played in the excellent Trauma, a film that really should be seen more.
This sounds like it could be a great film, especially with these leads on board, and it does sound as though Park isn't going to get the kind of Hollywood interference that other foreign directors have received when they've come to make a western film, in fact this could turn out to be something of a success story, it certainly has all the parts in place. Fingers crossed for the casting.