Though his role in Old Boy seems to be minor, Parker is in talks with Spike Lee to play a doctor who interacts with Elizabeth Olsen. Additionally, the young star will be in such company as Josh Brolin, (who is slated to star) Sharlto Copley, and Samuel L. Jackson.
Nate Parker has been no slouch in terms of productivity this year. He can be spotted most recently starring in Spike Lee’s own Red Hook Summer as well as in the WW2 action-drama Red Tails alongside Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrence Howard. Later this month, you’ll be able to spot him alongside Richard Gere in Arbitrage.
An American remake of Chan-Wook Park’s film has always existed as a mere rumor until recently. Spike Lee proves with his selection of Parker that he’s already at the phase of pre-production in which smaller roles are given. So its safe to say his version of Old Boy is well on its way, despite the absence of a release date.
Spike Lee’s rendition of the South Korean classic seems to depart very little from the original cult classic’s tale of woe and revenge. In fact, the film’s IMDB‘s synopsis reads almost exactly as the original, stating:
“An everyday man has only five days and limited resources to discover why he was imprisoned in a nondescript room for 15 years without any explanation.”