Peter Sarsgaard to join The Magnificent Seven. The Garden State star and The Man in the Iron Mask actor, who played Raoul, the ill-fated son of Athos will now be a villain in the Director Antoine Fuqua upcoming movie remake. Variety has reported that Sarsgaard has signed up and he will play the story’s chief antagonist. Joining Sarsgaard will be Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Haley Bennett, Ethan Hawke, Wagner Moura, Byung-hun Lee, Matt Bomer and Vincent D’Onofrio.
Originally drafted by “True Detective” scribe Nic Pizzolatto (since rewritten by The Blind Side‘s John Lee Hancock), The Magnificent Seven will remake the 1960 film directed by John Sturges that itself was inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 classic Seven Samurai. Sturges’ version starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn and Robert Vaughn as a group of disparate gunmen who come together to protect a Mexican village from bandits led by Eli Wallach. It led to a number of sequels as well as a CBS television series.
The new film is said to feature a victimized mining town, taken over by a gold baron (Sarsgaard), rather than the Mexican village of the original.
Sarsgaard is from Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, the son of an Air Force engineer and later worked for Monsanto and IBM. Sarsgaard served as an altar boy and once wanted to become a soccer player and took up ballet to help improve his coordination.