South Korean superstar filmmaker Park Chan-Wook is best known for his Vengeance Trilogy, an operatic and brutally violent series about revenge and redemption. His forthcoming film project Stoker will find the director in unfamiliar territory – quite literally as it will be his first English-language film to be shot in the United States. The screenplay penned by Prison Break actor Wentworth Miller has sought-after Australian actress Mia Wasikowska in the central role as India Stoker, a girl who is visited by a mysterious and estranged uncle following the death of her father.
In a recent casting update it’s been revealed that fellow Antipodean Nicole Kidman is in talks to play the mother and soon to be Oscar winner Colin Firth is set to play the uncle. This would be Firth’s first non romantic-lead-period-drama role in forever, something worth getting mildly excited about.
The adorable and (I’ll be damned) multi-talented Wentworth Miller spoke to Collider in August 2010, providing more of an insight into the movie:
Collider: What is Stoker about?
Wentworth: It’s not easy to describe. It’s a horror film, a family drama and a psychological thriller, all wrapped up in one. The jumping off point is actually Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt. So, that’s where we begin, and then we take it in a very, very different direction.
Collider: You’re referencing Bram Stoker?
Wentworth: Yeah. I chose the name because it came front-loaded with obvious gothic connotations. It’s not about vampires. It was never meant to be about vampires. But, it is a horror story. A stoker is one who stokes, which also ties in nicely with the narrative.
Intriguing – and definitely one to look out for in 2012.
Via L.A. Times