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With eye-catching roles in Red Tails, Arbitrage, and Red Hook Summer, Nate Parker has so far had a 2012 that seemed primed to launch him into the big time. In the past two months, his promise has been paying off, scoring the 32-year-old actor roles in two anticipated features that are shooting this fall. First, he signed on to reteam with Spike Lee for the challenging director's American remake of the haunting Korean revenge thriller Oldboy. A few weeks later he joined Non-Stop, an airborne action flick starring Liam Neeson. But now the two films' shooting schedules are colliding, forcing Parker to abandon Oldboy.
But what's bad news for Parker is good news for James Ransone, who Variety reports will take his place in the chilling remake. Like Parker, Ransone has worked with Lee before, first on 2006's Inside Man, and most recently on Red Hook Summer. To date, Ransone might be most recognizable from his various roles on HBO series like The Wire, Generation Kill, How to Make It in America or Treme, but he can currently be seen in theaters as the eager investigator dubbed Deputy So-and-So in Scott Derrickson's latest horror thriller Sinister.
Ransone joins a cast that includes Josh Brolin, Sharlto Copley and Elizabeth Olsen, who recently revealed the film will be more of a direct translation of the original Manga than a remake of Chan-wook Park's earlier adaptation. Brolin will front the film as a man who is mysteriously imprisoned for 15 years, and once released is seeking to find out why. Copley will play his self-styled warden, and Olsen will play a caseworker assigned to Brolin's befuddled protagonist. For his part, Ransone will play a doctor colleague of Olsen's. Though sure to be a small role, it's a small role in a project guaranteed to have tons of eyes on it, meaning this could be Ransone's biggest opportunity to date.
Oldboy is now shooting.