Director Spike Lee now has his torture victim lined up for his upcoming remake of Park Chan-wook's "Oldboy." Joining the cast for what's being described as a "small but critical part" will be the one and only Samuel L. Jackson.
Lee and Jackson have worked together four times before - in "School Daze," "Do The Right Thing," "Mo Better Blues," and "Jungle Fever" - but it's been quite a while since their last collaboration (eleven years).
Those familiar with Chan-wook Park's original film will be hard-pressed to forget the torturous revenge scene Jackson's signed up for - let's just say the tooth fairy has a busy night - but the film will reportedly alter it up a bit (per the L.A. Times, "it's [still] plenty painful").
Chan-wook's "Oldboy" was released in 2003, telling the story of a man who, after being kidnapped for fifteen years, finally makes his escape and has a very limited opportunity to get ahold of his captor for answers. It's definitely a cult classic in the thriller world, so it'll be very interesting to see what Spike Lee has come up with to justify a remake so soon.
Jackson will be featured opposite Josh Brolin, who's portraying the kidnapping victim-turned-vengeant hero in the movie. And what a show down it will be! We just hope the hammer is still the weapon du jour … We digress.
Elizabeth Olsen is also attached to star, and production is expected to begin this fall in Louisiana and New York. Composer Bruce Hornsby (who did Spike Lee's latest, "Red Hook Summer") has been tapped to score the film.