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SEOUL — British actor Colin Firth is finalizing a deal to star in South Korean helmer Park Chan-Wook’s new mystery drama Stoker.
Moho Film, Park’s film company, told The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday that further details will be released in the next two or three weeks.
“There were a few errors in media reports about the film’s genre and Firth’s role,” said a producer at Moho who wishes to remain anonymous. “All we can say for now is that Firth is optimistic about taking the role in Park’s film. But unlike some media reports, it is untrue that Stoker is a vampire film.”
The film, Park’s ambitious Hollywood debut and his first English-language film, delves into the life of a girl who rejoins her uncle after the death of her father. Firth, who won the Academy Award for best actor in The King’s Speech, appears set for the uncle’s role.
Written by Prison Break star Wentworth Miller, Stoker was rumored to be a vampire film — the title thought to be a reference to Dracula author Bram Stoker — starring Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska (The Kids Are All Right).
Park and his brother Park Chan-kyong recently won the Golden Bear for best short film at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival in their latest collaboration Night Fishing, shot entirely on an iPhone.
In 2004, the director also won the Cannes’ Grand Prix with his highly controversial OldBoy.
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