‘The Magnificent Seven’ Remake Loses Jason Momoa, Gains Peter Sarsgaard
The Magnificent Seven has built itself an interesting cast, but they just lost one valuable member: Jason Momoa has departed Antoine Fuqua’s remake of the classic western, presumably due to his Aquaman commitments. On the flip side, the film may have lost Momoa, but it just added Peter Sarsgaard in the role of the big bad villain.
According to Deadline, Momoa had to drop out of Fuqua’s Magnificent Seven, in which he was set to play the role of the main villain’s henchman. The role of the villain, meanwhile, has been filled by Peter Sarsgaard. The actor will play Bartholomew Bogue (that definitely sounds like a Sarsgaard character name), a baron/robber with a motley crew of thugs. When those thugs kill a man, the man’s widow seeks the help of the titular seven in reclaiming the town from Bogue and his rogues (sorry, not sorry).
Sarsgaard has joined a cast that already includes Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke (both of whom worked with Fuqua on Training Day), as well as Chris Pratt and his Jurassic World co-star Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-hun Lee, Haley Bennett and Matt Bomer.
The Magnificent Seven is a remake of the 1960 classic western of the same name, which itself is based on Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. The film is currently shooting in Louisiana, and has targeted a January 13, 2017 release date.