Clive Owen: The Bad Guy of 'Oldboy'?

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Spike Lee is looking to do another job with his "Inside Man."

Clive Owen, who played the brilliant bank robber in Lee's terrific 2006 heist thriller, has been offered the role of the villain in the director's American remake of "Oldboy," according to Twitch.

Owen would be playing the man who imprisons Josh Brolin's lead character in a nondescript room for 15 years and becomes the object of his former captive's revenge when the poor "Oldboy" is finally released. Christian Bale was once rumored for the part and Colin Firth recently turned it down.

Clive Owen would be excellent in this role -- and, let's face it, he needs a high-profile project and potential hit after stumbling around lately with the likes of "Killer Elite" (while "Intruders" can't seem to pin down a U.S. release date). Owen did some of his best-ever work under Lee's watch in "Inside Man" -- it also seemed like the first movie Owen agreed to do based strictly on the strength of the story rather than on which hot actress his character got to sleep with (really, look at his filmography pre-"Inside Man" and tell us that wasn't what was going on).

Producer Roy Lee has already boldly claimed that this "Oldboy" will be even darker than the original, though we don't see how that's possible -- unless Brolin eats, like, a live cat instead of a live squid.

Clive Owen will be seen next year sleeping with Nicole Kidman in "Hemingway & Gellhorn," with Uma Thurman in "Blind" and apparently with many women in "Cities." Meanwhile, the supernatural thriller, "Intruders," is tentatively scheduled for an April 2012 release.

"Oldboy" begins production early next year, hopefully with Owen on board and someone excellent as the female lead, a role that "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" star Rooney Mara recently turned down.