The Equalizer director Antoine Fuqua is getting ready to reunite with star Denzel Washington once again – this time, for a remake of the most famous Western based on a not-Western-at-all story, The Magnificent Seven. Set for release at the very start of 2017, the movie has already gathered a solid cast that includes recent additions Byung-hun Lee and Matt Bomer.
Around the time that Lee was added to the cast, former Game of Thrones actor Jason Momoa was also said to be in talks for a role. At the time we noted that the role – described as a ‘heavy’ who works for the main antagonist – sounded like exactly the kind of role that Momoa had recently said he didn’t want to keep doing. Sure enough, those talks have ended with Momoa turning down the part.
This report comes via Deadline, who claim that Momoa turned down the role on the grounds of not offering him enough to do or say (the studio has denied this). He can afford to be a little pickier now, since he’s been cast as Aquaman in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and will presumably reprise the role as the lead in Warner Bros.’ upcoming standalone Aquaman movie.
It’s not all bad news, however, as The Magnificent Seven is also on the verge of gaining a new cast member in the form of Peter Sarsgaard, who is in final negotiations to the play the film’s villain, Bartholomew Bogue. In Fuqua’s retelling, Bogue kills the husband of a woman (Haley Bennett) who then enlists the help of the eponymous group of hired guns to take back the town that Bogue has taken control of.
The Magnificent Seven‘s cast also includes Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Luke Grimes, Wagner Moura and Vincent D’Onofrio. The original film was Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, which was released in 1954 and first remade as The Magnificent Seven by director John Sturges in 1960, starring Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen. Fuqua’s remake was scripted by Nic Pizzolatto (True Detective) and John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side).
The Magnificent Seven will arrive in theaters on January 13th, 2017.