Samuel L. Jackson is joining Spike Lee's remake of Chan-wook Park's revenge thriller classic Old Boy for a pivotal scene in which he gets tortured by Josh Brolin who is playing the hero of the movie.
Jackson has long been considered one of the most successful actors in Hollywood, having appeared in movies that have grossed $11.7 billion worldwide including all three "Star Wars" prequels, Pixar Animation's The Incredibles and both "Iron Man" movies. Reprising his role as Nick Fury in the summer's biggest blockbuster Marvel's The Avengers has put Jackson over the top with another $1.4 billion made by that movie alone. Before Jackson became in such demand, he appeared in a number of Spike Lee's earlier films, including School Daze, Mo' Better Blues and Jungle Fever, and the duo recently appeared on stage together at the BET Awards. Later this year, Jackson will co-star in Quentin Tarantino's anticipated Western Django Unchained.
Old Boy is scheduled to start filming in New York and Louisiana this fall, produced by Mandate Pictures, and Spike Lee has found an unconventional composer to score the movie in Bruce Hornsby, the piano-playing songwriter best known for his 1986 hit "The Way It Is." Hornsby scored Lee's baskeball doc Kobe Doin' Work, and his latest film Red Hook Summer, which opened in theaters last week.
In a separate interview with the Times, Hornsby told them, "I'm working on a few things and I'll send them to Spike soon. The 'D' word (referring to the dark tone) has been spoken to me by him, but I think the score will also run the gamut."