Aquaman star Jason Momoa is in talks to join the star-studded cast of MGM's The Magnificent Seven. If a deal is finalized, the actor will play one of "the main heavies." He will not be playing the primary villain, described as a "robber baron, who has yet to be cast. Byung-hun Lee has also signed on to star as a character named Billy Rocks, but no further details were given. The project is a remake of the 1960 Western of the same name, which itself was a loose remake of Akira Kurosawa's 1954 classic Seven Samurai.
Jason Momoa and Byung-hun Lee join a cast that already includes Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Haley Bennett, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Luke Grimes and Wagner Moura. No details have been given for any of the other cast members' characters at this time. The story centers on a young woman (Haley Bennett), who hires seven gunslingers to protect her small town from a group of treacherous bandits. Director John Huston's original classic The Magnificent Seven starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, James Coburn and Horst Buchholz as the seven gunmen, with Eli Wallach portraying the villainous Calvera.
Antoine Fuqua is directing the remake from a script by John Lee Hancock and Nic Pizzolatto, with production scheduled to begin later this month. Jason Momoa can currently be seen in the Sundance Channel series The Red Road, and he will next be seen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as Aquaman. The actor will reprise that role in the two-part Justice League movie along with the stand alone Aquaman movie. Byung-hun Lee recently starred in G.I. Joe Retaliation, Red 2 and he will next be seen in Terminator Genisys, arriving in theaters July 1.