Peter Sarsgaard is in final negotiations to play the villain in MGM and Sony’s “The Magnificent Seven” remake. He’ll be joining an all-star cast that includes Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke.
Vincent D’Onofrio, Haley Bennett and Luke Grimes are also set to star, with Antoine Fuqua directing.
Sony and MGM are splitting the cost evenly, with Sony distributing the pic, while MGM oversees production.
The 1960 film, a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s “The Seven Samurai,” starred Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen. It centered on seven gunslingers who protect an oppressed Mexican village from a group of outlaws. Sarsgaard will play the robber baron who runs the outlaws who have overtaken the town.
The script was most recently reworked by John Lee Hancock after “True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto wrote the previous draft.
Sarsgaard, who recently signed with WME, has already had a busy year with two Sundance pics, “Pawn Sacrifice” and “The Experimenter,” bowing to great reviews. He can be seen next alongside Johnny Depp in the Whitey Bulger biopic “Black Mass.”
He is also repped by Authentic Talent and Literature and Peikoff Mahan.