Sarsgaard, 44, would play a robber baron calling the shots in director Antoine Fuqua's remake of the 1960 Western about a band of gunslingers hired to protect an oppressed town from outlaws. Variety first reported the news.
Whereas the original "Magnificent Seven" — itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" — starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen and
Alas, Sarsgaard's presumptive bad guy won't have the help of
Sarsgaard, a chameleonic and prolific actor whose credits include "An Education," "Shattered Glass" and "Boys Don't Cry," has been maintaining a steady pace lately. He appeared in "Pawn Sacrifice" at Toronto in September and "Experimenter" at Sundance in January, and he'll also be seen opposite