Word has been quiet on director Spike Lee’s remake of the Park Chan-wook film Oldboy as of late, but recent casting news seems to signal that the pic is indeed moving forward. 24 Frames reports that Samuel L. Jackson has joined the cast in a small but crucial role. For those unfamiliar, Josh Brolin will play a man who is abducted and imprisoned for 15 years, after which he’s inexplicably released and sent on a hunt to track down those responsible for his imprisonment. I won’t spoil the scene here for people that haven’t seen the original, but Jackson plays a man who is being tortured by the hero in a key revenge scene (hint: think dentist).
This new report also reveals that Bruce Hornsby will be scoring Lee’s Oldboy, with production set to begin this fall in Louisiana and New York. Hornsby scored Lee’s most recent film, Red Hook Summer. Brolin previously revealed that this new film has Park Chan-wook’s blessing and includes a few key scenes from the original. The film also stars Sharlto Copley as the villain and Elizabeth Olsen as the female lead.