The MGM/Sony remake of the 1960 film The Magnificent Seven has found its bad guy. Peter Sarsgaard is in final negotiations to play Bartholomew Bogue, a robber baron whose hired thugs kill the husband of a woman who hires a group of mercenaries to take back the small town that has become Bogue’s stomping grounds.

At the same time, the Antoine Fuqua-directed movie is shy one gunman as Jason Momoa has dropped out of the film that stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Haley Bennett, Byung-Hun Lee and Matt Bomer. Studio denies this but I’d heard Momoa just didn’t have enough to do, and not much to say in the film. He’s been a man of few words in jobs like Game Of Thrones, and he’s actually got a lot to say. He’s booked to play Aquaman, and I think that superhero talks to the fish.

Roger Birnbaum and Todd Black produce and Walter Mirisch and Fuqua are exec producers. Sarsgaard is repped by WME, Authentic and Peikoff Mahan.