Oldboy Casting Shuffle – Nate Parker Out; James Ransone In

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Oldboy Casting Shuffle - Nate Parker Out; James Ransone InSome interesting casting news has hit the wire for Spike Lee’s take on Oldboy. According to Variety, Nate Parker had to bail on the project due to scheduling conflicts so Spike Lee has turned to a frequent collaborator to replace him in James Ransone (Sinister, “The Wire”).

Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Samuel Jackson, and Bruce Hornsby all star in the remake of Park Chan-wook’s Korean masterpiece. FilmDistrict acquired U.S. distribution rights to the flick during the Toronto International Film Festival.

Brolin plays an ad exec who is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement without any indication of his captor’s motive. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment, only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment. His quest for revenge leads him into an ill-fated relationship with a young social worker (Olsen) and ultimately to an odd man (Copley) who allegedly holds the key to his salvation.

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