‘The Magnificent Seven’ Remake Adds Jason Momoa and Byung-hun Lee
Antoine Fuqua’s remake of The Magnificent Seven just got a whole lot more badass. In addition to Fuqua favorite Denzel Washington and everyone-favorite Chris Pratt, the film has just added former Game of Thrones star and future Aquaman Jason Momoa, as well as G.I. Joe: Retaliation star Byung-hun Lee. This film sounds like it’s going to be pretty damn tough.
THR reports on the casting of Momoa, who is likely taking an antagonistic role. He won’t be the main antagonist, known as the “robber baron,” a role for which Vincent D’Onofrio was previously rumored. Deadline adds that Byung-hun Lee, who has kicked all kinds of butt in films like the G.I. Joe sequel and the incredible South Korean thriller I Saw the Devil, has also joined the cast in the role of a character named Billy Rocks. Does Billy actually rock? Is that a literal name?
The film marks a few reunions: Washington and Ethan Hawke are reuniting with Fuqua, who directed the pair in Training Day. Haley Bennett, who starred alongside Washington in Fuqua’s The Equalizer, has also been cast. Elysium’s Wagner Moura and American Sniper’s Luke Grimes are also set to star.
The Magnificent Seven is a remake of the classic 1960 western film, which was itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. Fuqua’s remake is based on a script from True Detective creator/writer Nic Pizzolatto, which was later rewritten by John Lee Hancock, who also wrote the screenplay for The Blind Side.
The Magnificent Seven hits theaters on January 13, 2017.