Los Angeles Times
Some quick casting news is coming in for Spike Lee’s take on Chan-wook Park’s cult favorite Oldboy. The LA Times is reporting that Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Hornsby have joined the production of the English language remake, which features Josh Brolin as the title character.
Jackson has come on board for a small but critical part in the new film, according to a person close to the production who was not authorized to talk about it publicly. The actor will play the man who is being tortured by the hero (Brolin) in a key revenge scene.
Hornsby has joined the new Oldboy as the film’s composer. The piano virtuoso has a longstanding relationship with Lee; among other things, he composed the score for Lee’s basketball documentary Kobe Doin’ Work and the auteur’s new Red Hook Summer, giving the spiritually themed coming-of-age story a melancholy and wistful spin.
Sharlto Copley has also been confirmed to play the villain Adrian Pryce in Oldboy. Pryce is a mysterious billionaire trying to destroy the life of Joe Douchett (Brolin). The new Oldboy begins shooting in late September from a script adapted by Mark Protosevich, who will co-produce. Roy Lee and Doug Davison produce via Vertigo Entertainment with Lee’s 40 Acres & A Mule. Mandate president Nathan Kahane executive produces.
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