Saturday, 18 April 2015

Vincent D'Onofrio in talks for Magnificent Seven

So far, The Magnificent Seven remake director Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer) has largely been hiring either the conflicted heroes or someone who needs their help, with Denzel Washington (The Equalizer), Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), Chris Pratt (Guardians Of The Galaxy) and Haley Bennett (The Equalizer) set for the cast. Now on the trail for the film's main villain, news arrives via Variety that Vincent D'Onofrio (Escape Plan) is in talks to co-star.

The movie will once more see a small town – in this case built around a gold mine – threatened by a ruthless baron (D'Onofrio, assuming he takes the role) and his gang of thugs. When they kill several people in their attempt to take the place over, a young widow (Bennett) hires a bounty hunter (Washington) to dispatch the bad guys, supplying him with the necessary funds to hire six gunmen to help him in his mission. Which is where Pratt, Hawke and others come into play. Fuqua is busy rounding up the rest of the cast for the film, aiming to kick off shooting later this month.

John Lee Hancock (The Bland Side) and Nic Pizzolatto (True Detective) are among those who have contributed to the screenplay, adapted from the classic Seven Samurai (1954), which became the first crack at a Magnificent Seven in 1960. This latest version is locking down a 2016 release date, but nothing is in the calendar yet.

D'Onofrio has been on a run of playing several bad or at least morally complicated guys. He will next be seen opposite Pratt in Colin Trevorrow's (Safety Not Guaranteed) Jurassic World (out 12 June) and plays the Kingpin in Marvel and Netflix's new Daredevil series, which hit the streaming service earlier this month in one 13 episode block.

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