After years of development, a Hollywood remake of Chan-wook Park‘s Oldboy is actually underway. But before we get to some tangible proof, we have a quick casting change to report on Spike Lee‘s upcoming revenge thriller. Variety lets us know that the director has made a casting switch, with Nate Parker bowing out of the project in order to fly Non-Stop with Liam Neeson. He’ll now be replaced by his Red Hook Summer co-star James Ransome (who, aside from popping up in The Wire and Sinister, also worked with Lee in Inside Man). He’s set for the role of doctor and co-worker to Elizabeth Olsen‘s character.
Moving on to the actual production, things recently kicked off in New Orleans for the film that also stars Josh Brolin as our lead and Sharlto Copley in the villain role. Just Jared has shared a few images from the set, which can be seen below. Aside from a bloody body and a TV news report, the major thing to glean here is that Brolin likes his cigarettes, oftentimes while shirtless. Check them out below for the film likely arriving later in 2013.
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