Antoine Fuqua is remaking The Magnificent Seven (which was itself a remake in the beginning), and the film has a pretty stellar cast lined up thus far. Until recently, Jason Momoa was set to join the likes of Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, and Vincent D’Onofrio in the classic Western update, but no more.
Studio denies this but I’d heard Momoa just didn’t have enough to do, and not much to say in the film. He’s been a man of few words in jobs like Game Of Thrones, and he’s actually got a lot to say. He’s booked to play Aquaman, and I think that superhero talks to the fish.
In an unrelated turn of events, Peter Sarsgaard is in final talks to play the film’s bad guy, Bartholomew Bogue. The character is described as a robber baron whose hired thugs murder a man, prompting his widowed wife to hire a group of mercenaries — presumably played by some of the actors listed above — to take back the town.
Was Momoa going to play a hired thug or a mercenary? The world may never know.