Like it or not, we are getting a Death Wish remake directed by Eli Roth and starring Bruce Willis. There’s nothing we can do about that now but cross our fingers and hope it’s good.
The film definitely has an interesting cast so far. Along with Bruce Willis, it’ll have Vincent D’Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue, Kimberly Elise, Mike Epps, and Dean Norris. And now they will be joined by Beau Knapp.
According to Empire, Knapp will play the film’s villain. That’s interesting if only because it’s news Death Wish even has a main villain. The original sure didn’t. Bronson’s Paul Kersey went out there and killed a lot of folks, but the people who murder his wife in the first place never come to justice. They just belong to a larger scourge of crime, which is part of the point.
Not so with the Death Wish remake. It’ll have a main bad guy, which makes it sound a bit more like Death Wish II. As for Knapp, he’s not exactly a household name, but you’ve seen him in stuff whether you knew it or not - likely in The Nice Guys, The Finest Hours, Southpaw, Super 8, or The Gift. He tends to look very different from one role to the next, so it’s hard to predict what kind of villain he will offer Death Wish. But you can be sure Bruce Willis is going to put him in the ground.