Nate Parker joins Spike Lee’s “Oldboy” opposite Elizabeth Olsen

September 4, 2012 | Posted By In Casting | 786 Views

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After collaborating on “Red Hook Summer”, rising star Nate Parker has inked a reunion with director Spike Lee, signing on to star opposite Elizabeth Olsen, Josh Brolin and Sharlto Copley in the remake of Korean thriller “Oldboy.” Variety reported the news earlier this morning.

Brolin will play a man who was imprisoned and tortured for over a decade without any knowledge of why. When he is finally freed, he goes on a quest for answers and revenge against Copley as the man who put him there. Olsen will play a social worker who helps him along the way, and Parker will play a doctor who works with her. Samuel L. Jackson is also expected to take on a key role as the manager of the hotel where Brolin’s character was held hostage. After a long gestating period of casting musical chairs, filming is finally set to begin next month.

Parker appeared in George Lucas’ “Red Tails” earlier this year and can currently be seen in Lee’s “Red Hook Summer”, as well as in Richard Gere thriller “Arbitrage” starting September 14th. He reportedly gives a standout performance in that film, and he also just wrapped David Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” opposite Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara.


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