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Jason Momoa and Byung-hun Lee in talks for Magnificent Seven remake

Jason Momoa as Conan

Story by Jack Foley

JASON Momoa (pictured) and Byung-hun Lee are the latest actors being lined up to star in MGM’s remake of classic Western The Magnificent Seven.

If a deal is made, both actors will join Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Wagner Moura and Haley Bennett in the film, which updates the 1960 movie that starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and Robert Vaughn.

Antoine Fuqua is directing from a script by John Lee Hancock and Nic Pizzolatto that finds a woman (played by Bennett) hiring a disparate group of gunslingers in a desperate bid to protect her town from rampaging bandits.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fuqua regular Washington heads the ensemble as the bounty hunter who takes it upon himself to help the woman, while Pratt is a magician-turned-gambler and Hawke a sharp-shooting war deserter.

D’Onofrio’s character is described as a mountain man with an unsavoury past that includes killing Native Americans, while Moura is a caballero with a bounty on his head.

Korean star Hun-Lee (of Red 2 and GI Joe fame) would play a former indentured servant who his quite handy with a sai, while former Game of Thrones star and forthcoming Aquaman Momoa will play one of the movie’s bad guys – although not the main villain, a robber baron, who has yet to be cast.

Casting announcements are hotting up as the movie gallops towards the start of production in late May.

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