With Nate Parker (Red Tails) reportedly exiting Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake due to scheduling conflicts (with Non-Stop, starring Liam Neeson), the director has turned to a familiar collaborator in James Ransone (Sinister). Oldboy will mark the third time the duo have worked together, following Lee’s Inside Man and Red Hook Summer. Currently filming, Oldboy also stars Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson and Sharlto Copely. Variety reports that Ransone will play a doctor who works with Olsen’s character in the remake of Chan-wook Park’s revenge thriller, a story that centers on a man (Brolin) who escapes from a decade of imprisonment and goes in search of his kidnappers. Ransone can next be seen in Broken City, along with Russell Crowe and Mark Wahlberg.
For news on John Leguizamo (The Lincoln Lawyer) joining Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in the action-comedy, Ride Along, hit the jump.
Heat Vision reports that Leguizamo is in talks to join Ride Along, seen as a comedic version of Training Day. Directed by Tim Story (Fantastic Four), Ride Along follows ”a risk-averse second-grade teacher plans on marrying the girl of his dreams but first must accompany his overprotective future brother-in-law, a tough cop, on a ride-along from hell.” Leguizamo is in negotiations to star as an undercover cop.
Leguizamo recently wrapped on Ridley Scott’s drug-drama, The Counselor, which stars Brad Pitt and Javier Bardem. He’s currently filming Jeff Wadlow’s Kick-Ass sequel, which reunites original stars Aaron Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Nicolas Cage.