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A source told the Los Angeles Times that Samuel’s role is a “small but critical part” in the forthcoming motion picture, which will be directed by Spike Lee, who will accept the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award at the Venice Film Festival this year.
Jackson is a long-term collaborator with Lee, previously starring in School Daze, Do the Right Thing, Mo’ Better Blues and Jungle Fever, in the filmmakers early period from 1988 to 1991.
Old Boy was first adapted for the big screen in 2003 by South Korean director Chan-Wook Park, from the Japanese manga of the same name by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya. The film won the Grand Prix at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, receiving gracious praise from the then President of the Jury Pulp Fiction director Quentin Tarantino.
Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley have also joined the cast of the movie, which is due to start shooting this autumn in Louisiana and New York, with the latter set to play a villain.
If Jackson officially signs on, he will portray a character horrifically tortured by Josh Brolin’s alter-ego Joe Douchett – who finds himself imprisoned for 15 years by a sadistic billionaire without any explanation.
Bruce Hornsby – who has worked with Spike on a number of occasions – is to compose the soundtrack to the film.