Although there are still many who wish the idea of remaking Oldboy would just die a quiet death, Spike Lee’s do-over continues to move forward with the news, via The Playlist, that Samuel L. Jackson is set to appear in the film.
It appears Jackson will play a villain who is brutally tortured by Josh Brolin’s character – a man who has been detained by mysterious adversaries for years with no explanation, who after his release seeks revenge and tries to find out the reason why he was locked up. In Park Chan-Wook’s original movie, Jackson’s character was memorably tortured by having his teeth removed. Spike’s movie won’t use the teeth, but there’s something just as wicked promised.
It’s also been revealed that Bruce Hornsby will write the score. The piano virtuoso has a long-standing relationship with Spike, having composed the scores for the directors’ documentary, Kobe Doin’ Work, and his new film, Red Hook Summer.