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James Ransone Joins Oldboy
Replacing Nate Parker

16 October 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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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?


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Ziggy!
Well in, Craigmustdie - not being too fussed about the Oldboy remake, I only looked in on this story cos I thought the fella in the picture looked like a (remarkably clean) Ziggy Sobotka. I was just about to check on IMDB when I saw the comment at the foot of the page that confirmed it. Ransone was amazing in The Wire! Incidentally, this is the first thing that's made me even slightly interested to watch Sinister. More

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Ziggy Sobotka
How can you talk about Ransone without mentioning his gobsmackingly brilliant turn in HBO's 'The Wire'? It was easily my favourite performance in a show stuffed to the gills with talent. It was as electrifying a performance as De Niro's in 'Mean streets' for me. I've been hoping ever since that he'll break out in some meaningful way, hopefully between 'Sinsiter' and now 'Oldboy', he's on his way. More

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