James Ransone is currently seeing decent success in Sinister, and now he’s picked up another gig, as he has joined the cast of Spike Lee’s Oldboy, replacing the recently cast Nate Parker, who’s been forced to drop out due to scheduling issues. It’ll be James Ransone’s third movie with Lee, as the actor previously starred in the filmmaker’s Inside Man and Red Hook Summer.
Ransone will play a doctor who works with Elizabeth Olsen’s character. The film follows the story of an advertising executive (Josh Brolin) who is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement without any indication of his captor’s motive. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment, only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment. His quest for revenge leads him into an ill-fated relationship with a young social worker (Elizabeth Olsen) and ultimately to an illusive man (Sharlto Copley) who allegedly holds the key to his salvation. Samuel L. Jackson also stars.
Spike Lee is directing from a screenplay by Mark Protosevich. Production is currently under way in New Orleans. (Source: Variety)