Lee Byung Hun is set to be cast in his 5th Hollywood film, “The Magnificent Seven”. He has been cast as Billy Rock which is not a character from the original so it is easy to see that this role/character might be tailored for him
In addition to Lee Byung Hun is the addition of my sweetheart, Jason Momoa. Some might know him from Stargate: Atlantis; I know him beginning with Game of Thrones, Khal Drogo (Daenerys Targaryen’s husband in the 1st season).
Another exciting thing is that Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Shooter, The Replacement Killers) is set to direct this movie written by the late and great Akira Kurosawa and Shinobu Hashimoto (who co-wrote the great films Ran, Seven Samurai and Rashomon together). If you haven’t seen any of this man’s films, you are missing some great movies! I’m looking forward to this. Okay, before you say it, another remake; however, sometimes that is a good thing! The return of the great westerns is a good thing! When is the last time we had a good western released? Me? None comes to mind. Other cast members will be Vincent D’Onofrio, Chris Pratt, Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke and Luke Grimes.
Well, whatever you say about the man, he is found the equation for winning roles and getting more Asian presence in American films. A few years back, we were saying the same thing about African Americans in films. While their presence is still not enough for me, it is nice to see more and more minorities given roles that are not necessarily written for their race/culture. Welcome to Hollywood, Mr Lee!
Other Lee Byung Hun movies:
“G.I. Joe 2”