Remake Report: New Villains for The Crow and The Magnificent Seven

By  · Published on May 21st, 2015

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Here are some casting updates to two remakes in the works, both of them garnering more of my interest as a result:

First, Deadline reports that Andrea Riseborough will likely play the main villain, Top Dollar, in the new version of The Crow. For those familiar with James O. Barr’s graphic novel and the 1994 adaptation by Alex Proyas, the character was originally male. Michael Wincott had the part in the earlier movie. Riseborough, who you should know from Birdman and maybe Oblivion, will be the target of the new incarnation of Eric Draven, aka the Crow, as portrayed by Jack Huston. After she kills his girlfriend (Jessica Brown Findlay). Corin Hardy (The Hallow) is directing the movie, which currently has no set release date. Given the remake’s history, we’re still not sure there ever will be one.

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Then there’s The Magnificent Seven, the remake of the 1960 Western remake of Seven Samurai, which Deadline also has the scoop on. And this scoop is also about the movie’s main antagonist. Peter Sarsgaard will play a robber baron named Bartholomew Bogue, who doesn’t sound too different from Eli Wallach’s baddie, Calvera, from the original. Maybe a little more deadly, as he reportedly kills a man, whose wife hires seven magnificent guns for hire to defend her town from Bogue’s next raid. Previously it was thought that Jason Mamoa had the movie’s villain role, but he was to be one of Bogue’s henchmen. Well, now he’s dropped out, allegedly because the part wasn’t big enough.

As for who are filling the good guy boots in the remake, the septet includes Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ethan Hawke and Wagner Moura, with Byung-Hun Lee and Luke Grimes maybe rounding out the bunch. Matt Bomer is reportedly playing the man who is killed, and Hayley Bennett is his wife. The movie, which is due January 13, 2017, will be directed by Antoine Fuqua.

Christopher Campbell began writing film criticism and covering film festivals for a zine called Read, back when a zine could actually get you Sundance press credentials. He's now a Senior Editor at FSR and the founding editor of our sister site Nonfics. He also regularly contributes to Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes and is the President of the Critics Choice Association's Documentary Branch.