Josh Brolin’s title character has a torture victim: Samuel L. Jackson is joining the cast of the English-language remake (let’s say “adaptation,” since Lee’s version is supposed to be based on the original manga) according to a piece from the L.A. Times.
The actor will join Spike Lee’s production as a character who has some vital information that Brolin’s character (IMDB is calling him Joe Douchett, but who ever knows with IMDB) has to pry out of him after being confined to a single room for the better part of something like 15 years. The prying will be done using the claw end of a hammer.
Lee’s film is based on the manga by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi which was adapted back in 2003 by Chan-Wook park with the most excellent Min-sik Choi in the lead. The film was the middle chapter in the director’s “Vengeance Trilogy” joined by Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Lady Vengeance.
Lee’s take on the material transplants the action from Seoul to New Orleans with shooting in both Lousiana and New York.
Jackson can be seen later this year in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained.