'Arbitrage' thesp would reteam with Spike Lee
One week after being named one of Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch in 2012, “Arbitrage” star Nate Parker has entered negotiations to reteam with his “Red Hook Summer” helmer Spike Lee for Good Universe’s “Oldboy.”A remake of Chan-wook Park’s Korean revenge thriller, pic stars Josh Brolin as a man who is kidnapped and imprisoned for more than a decade for unknown reasons. Elizabeth Olsen (“Martha Marcy May Marlene”) and Sharlto Copley (“District 9”) co-star. Parker is in talks to play a doctor who works with Olsen. Samuel L. Jackson is expected to take on a small but key role as the head of the motel where the protag has been held hostage, who is subsequently tortured for information. Roy Lee and Doug Davison are producing with Good Universe prexy Nathan Kahane. Mark Protosevich wrote the script and will co-produce. Parker, who got his big break starring alongside Denzel Washington in Washington’s “The Great Debaters,” just starred in “Red Tails” and wrapped David Lowery’s indie “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.” Thesp can currently be seen in Lee’s “Red Hook Summer,” and he next stars opposite Richard Gere in Nicholas Jarecki’s “Arbitrage,” which Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate open Sept. 14. Parker is repped by WME, ROAR and Hirsch Wallerstein.