MGM has found their primary villain for the upcoming remake of The Magnificent Seven, which already features a great cast consisting of Denzel Washington (Glory, American Gangster), Ethan Hawke (Before Sunset, Boyhood), Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World), Vincent D’Onofrio (Men In Black, Daredevil), Wagner Moura (Elysium, Elite Squad), Haley Bennett (Marley & Me, The Equalizer), and Matt Bomer (White Collar, Magic Mike).
The studio has chosen Peter Sarsgaard to be the film’s biggest bad guy, a robber baron named Bartholomew Bogue. But while they’ve found their primary antagonist, the movie is also losing a villain. Game of Thrones and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice star Jason Momoa was also recently reported to be in negotiations for a role, but now it’s being said that the actor is no longer attached to the project. Whether his duties playing Aquaman conflicted with the shooting schedule, he simply decided he didn’t want the role, or something else caused the departure is not known for sure at the moment.
Sarsgaard’s previous credits include The Salton Sea, Garden State, Kinsey, Jarhead, An Education, Green Lantern, Blue Jasmine, The Killing, and most recently The Slap. He can next be seen starring alongside Johnny Depp in the Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass, which hits theaters this September.
The Magnificent Seven will be directed by Antoine Fuqua, whose previous credits include Training Day, Tears of the Sun, King Arthur, Shooter, Olympus Has Fallen, The Equalizer, and the upcoming boxing drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Sarsgaard’s brother-in-law, titled Southpaw.
John Lee Hancock, who worked on the screenplays for Clint Eastwood’s A Perfect World and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil as well as The Alamo, The Blind Side, and Snow White and the Huntsman, wrote the screenplay along with True Detective creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto. Hancock also directed The Rookie, The Alamo, The Blind Side, and Saving Mr. Banks.