Director Spike Lee Responds to Oldboy Casting Report (Updated)

posted on 2012-08-04 22:16 EDT

Director Spike Lee (Do the Right Thing, Red Hook Summer) responded on Saturday to a reported casting call for his planned Oldboy remake that lists one character of Asian lineage. The Angry Asian Man blog posted an unverified casting call with one character listed as "Asian," although it also has another character of "open ethnicity."

A Twitter follower asked Lee to comment on the reported casting call's ethnicity listings, and Lee responded:

People You Need To Relax.The Cast Of OLD BOY Will Be Diverse.If You Think Otherwise You Do Not Know My Work.Bother Other Directors 'Bout Dat

Actor Josh Brolin (Milk, Men in Black 3), actor Sharlto Copley (District 9, The A-Team), and actress Elizabeth Olsen (Silent House, Martha Marcy May Marlene) have been attached to this planned remake of Park Chan-Wook's live-action film Oldboy, which is itself an adaptation of Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi's manga.

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news tip.

Update: Lee specifically addressed the reported casting call's character descriptions of "women of color [as] 'drug addicted nutcases' and 'mysterious exotic beauties'":

All That Stuff Has Been Changed.

Thanks, Daniel Zelter

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