The upcoming Magnificent Seven remake is looking to be one of the most exciting film projects in progress right now. Being a remake of a remake, one might be forgiven for being skeptical, but the raw material, Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, and the 1960s re-imagining, The Magnificent Seven, starring Yul Brynner, are arguably two of the best movies ever made. And with the very exciting lineup of talent involved in the project, it looks like we may have yet another cinema classic to add to our collections.
And now there's a chance to be personally involved.
Robert Baxter Casting has put out a call via One Headlight Ink for "Black, Hispanic and Caucasian men who are EXPERIENCED horseback riders." It looks like the background action of The Magnificent Seven also calls for "Miners, Native Americans, bearded men, long-haired men and Hispanic males." Even if you're not any of these, The Magnificent Seven's makers might still want you if you have a "Western skill," such as traditional dancing, playing a relevant instrument, or being handy with a lasso. The casting will take place at the Wild West Fest at Old Galisteo in New Mexico on Saturday, August 29. The event's Facebook page says that headshots and other show business necessaries will be taken care of on the day.
The concept behind The Magnificent Seven is an enduring one, drawing many tried and true Hollywood tropes into a single package. Simultaneously a team-building flick, buddy movie, Western and Action/Adventure, complete with underdog storyline and themes of redemption, The Magnificent Seven has been re-made, referenced, and adapted countless times, even making it into Disney/Pixar's in their recent production A Bug's Life. This constant presence in the popular imagination makes it probable that the new film is well on its way to being a roaring success before a single frame is even shot.
Publications like MoviePilot are already waxing lyrical about the prospects for the film, staunchly defending the idea of rebooting this classic into the 21st Century. There has been a long lead-up to this project, with a core cast and release date only being firmed up earlier this month. Starring in the new Magnificent Seven will be Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Chris Pratt, and Peter Sarsgaard. Interestingly, Korean superstar Lee Byung-Hun will also be in a starring role. The new Magnificent Seven will be directed by Antoine Fuqua, of Training Day and Southpaw fame. This, coupled with screenwriting from Nic Pizzolatto and John Lee Hancock, promises a gritty, well-told re-imagining of the classic film.
So, if you want a shot at being a part of cinema history, it's time to throw away the razors and scissors, saddle up your nag, and head on down to New Mexico.
[Picture via MGM]