Looks like Spike Lee will have to swap one veteran collaborator for another, as Nate Parker has had to drop out of Oldboy. Thank goodness, then, that Lee has James Ransone to turn to.
Lee has been gearing up for a while to remake the Chan-wook Park film, which sees Josh Brolin starring as the man who is kidnapped and held for more than a decade with no explanation. He’s then released and given some information about those who kept him imprisoned which, somewhat naturally, leads to a revenge rampage (a revampage?)
Parker had been in talks to play a doctor who works with Elizabeth Olsen’s character, but must skip the film, as it’ll clash with work on Liam Neeson thriller Non-Stop. Ransone will be taking over that role.
With Sharlto Copley, Samuel L Jackson and Michael J Burg also aboard the pic, Lee is busy shooting now, working from a script by Mark Protosevich.
Ransone, who appeared in Inside Man and Red Hook Summer for Lee, is on screens in horror thriller Sinister and has Broken City set for release next year. If you're still undecided at the worthiness of an Oldboy remake, perhaps Olsen can persuade you?