Samuel L Jackson has signed onto the cast of Spike Lee’s upcoming English-language remake of Chan-wook Park‘s Oldboy. Interestingly, the LA Times is reporting that the role is somewhat smaller than what we have grown accustomed to seeing Jackson in, though it does play a pivitol part in the film.
Park’s film told the story of a man who is mysteriously imprisoned for 15 years and upon his equally mysterious release sets out to extract revenge on his jailers. Jackson is signed to play one of the jailers who meets a rather grisly fate at the hands of Josh Brolin, who has been signed to star as the imprisoned man.
It is a moment that is really not for the faint of heart. (Hint – If you’ve seen Marathon Man and got squeamish at a certain scene between Max Von Sydow and Dustin Hoffman, you’re really not going to like what happens in Park’s film.) The Times states that although the scene in Lee’s version will play out differently, but will still be “plenty painful.”
The film is scheduled to begin shooting this fall in Louisiana and New York.