Vincent D’Onofrio Eyed to Play Villain in ‘Magnificent Seven’ Remake (EXCLUSIVE)

Vincent DOnofrio
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Vincent D’Onofrio is in talks to play the villain in MGM and Sony’s “Magnificent Seven” remake starring Denzel Washington.

Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke are also on board to star with Antoine Fuqua directing.

Sony and MGM are splitting the cost evenly with Sony distributing the pic. MGM will oversee production.

The 1960 film, itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai,” starred Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen. It centered on seven gunslingers who protect an oppressed Mexican village from a group of outlaws.

The script was most recently reworked by John Lee Hancock after “True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto wrote the previous draft.

Production is expected to start within the next month as Fuqua assembles the remaining cast.

No stranger to playing the villain, D’Onofrio can next be seen as the antagonist in Universal’s “Jurassic World” and as Marvel Comics bad guy Kingpin in Netflix’s “Daredevil” series. He was most recently seen in the Warner Bros.’ Liam Neeson thriller “Run All Night.”

He is repped by UTA, Silver Linings Entertainment and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Keller.

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  1. Kay Meyers says:


  2. I have enjoyed much of his work but all I can think is for the Poor horses when our villain try’s to get his rather large butt into the saddle? Ouch!

  3. Bark Star says:

    If memory serves, neither of the two originals actually had a main antagonist character, just a faceless horde of enemies. So I expect the story to be twisted and turn to bend to modern day movie conventions. Not a good thing.

  4. cadavra says:

    So we can safely assume he’s not playing a Mexican bandit?

  5. Martin Tee says:

    I’m glad to hear that Vincent has work, but am I the only one that misses him as the chameleon actor? The one that used to really change his physical appearance for each role? It’s like, since his (excellent) performance in The Salton Sea he is more and more on the heavy side. I want this guy to live untill 90 and win one or two Oscars!

  6. Laura C says:

    Dave, what is the point of repeating your SAME comment 3 times? Plus, it didn’t even have anything to do with what I said, unless you just used the reply button rather than posting alone.

    • Dave J. says:

      After I found out that I posted my comment incorrectly to the wrong post, for some odd reason I wasn’t able to undue the damage that had already been done here. If there was a way to delete those additional unnecessary comments, I would have done it already.

  7. JOE S HILL says:

    Its really bad,when the people running Hollywood today,have zero originality,that they’d resort to ripping-off their own classic movies! “THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN” was a United Artists franchise,that originated in 1960-
    and the very last time that this concept was seen,was in 1998,when CBS and MGM Television made the TV series,from the trio of Trilogy,who were responsible for bastardizing the 1963 ABC series “THE OUTER LIMITS”,when it was remade for Showtime cable TV in 1995. but when does the insanity over remaking our classic Films stop? Metro Goldwyn Mayer is no longer a stable kind of studio,since their Chapter 11 situation
    some five years ago,,and they seem to depend on SONY to do most of their movie making these days,which is
    pretty pathetic! MGM’s United Artists division,once one of Hollywood’s Top independent studios,is reduced to
    nothing but a small and obscure division rented out to Roma Downey and Mark Burnett as “United Artists Media Group”,which is an absolute insult for this once great division,which has just been handled so terribly bad by MGM,while they exploit a Franchise,that’s really just better off,left alone! to resort to remakes today,is just such a horrible waste of time-and if this is what MGM is all about these days,trying to reinvent their own classic films,then its just so damn pathetic,beyond measure! the original United Artists movie with Steve McQueen is still the BEST! anything else beyond that,is just such a waste! but to reduce United Artists to such a pithy little
    division,is far more pathetic and insulting,then seeing its once great franchises being bastardized by extremely inferior film makers,and a parent company,which is nothing more,but a division of another entertainment company (SONY) that is just as worse!

    • Dave J. says:

      Yeah, and “The Magnificent Seven” concept came from Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 film “Seven Samurai”, what’s your point? And that wasn’t even the only movie directors had copied from him, Lucas admittedly time and time again got his “Star Wars” idea from “The Hidden Fortress” a movie he studied in film school, and Sergio Leone’s first successful film “A Fistful Of Dollars” came from “Yojimbo”!

      • Dave J. says:

        First of all, how do you know it’s going to be a rip off when it could be another variation of The Magnificent Seven! Second, although I didn’t care too much for the 2010 version of “True Grit”, it still became financially successful- enough to become one of the Coen Brothers most successful film. I’m not suggesting that this updated version of The Magnificent Seven is going to be better, but I am saying that the groups of ‘seven’ had been done many times since then, such as “The Professionals”, and perhaps “The Wild Bunch”. How do you know that the only thing Fuqua is copying is just the number, maybe the direction of the seven is going to be different! Case in point, look at Fuqua’s previous film “The Equalizer” which was inspired by the television show, the only thing that was copied was the notion- not the direction.

      • JOE S HILL says:

        I Do know the history of “Seven Samurai” and “Yojimbo”-but i fail to understand why our badly outclassed film makers today,would resort to ruining another classic movie,and especially one,based on a Franchise,that was launched by a different studio some 55 years ago! don’t filmmakers have any kind of originality these days? i don’t think they do! so they break the rules,and rip-off other people’s work,which is twice as pathetic! MGM is
        little more then a private company,that has lost their birthright,their library,and practically everything else,that it has to depend on other studios to co-finance many of their current movies,and this is the best that they can do,,
        remaking another one of their classics,like UA’s “THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN”? Pathetic!! a million times a million of these so-called actors today,couldn’t hold a candle to ANY of the main players,who defined what REAL acting quality was like,even back in 1960!

  8. Laura C says:

    I loved (and still miss) Vincent in Criminal Intent. However, I don’t think I want to see him as a bad guy so I’ll skip this film. I’m sure he’ll do a tremendously good job though.

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