Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt are leading an all-star cast in the latest remake of The Magnificent Seven.
Entertainment Weekly announced that “Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt are saddling up” in a new remake of the already often-remade The Magnificent Seven. The movie will have an all-star cast, and fans are already excited.
The movie is being directed by Antoine Fuqua, famous for Training Day, The Replacement Killers, Tears of the Sun, King Arthur, Shooter, Brooklyn’s Finest, Olympus Has Fallen, and The Equalizer, as well as many music videos. Hollywood is often criticized for its lack of diversity, so many fans are looking forward to the remake of a classic western, as re-imagined by an African-American director, starring an African-American lead, one of South Korea’s most popular actors, a Mexican actor, and a Tlingit actor.
Denzel Washington will be portraying Sam Chisholm, leader of the seven men who come together to protect a town and accidentally become heroes, according to USA Today. His character is the equivalent of Yul Brynner’s Chris in the 1960 western, Lee Van Cleef’s Chris Adams in the 1972 sequel The Magnificent Seven Ride, and Michael Biehn’s Chris Larabee in the 1998 TV show. Denzel Washington is one of Hollywood’s most respected actors, known for John Q, Training Day, The Preacher’s Wife, Glory, Malcolm X, and St. Elsewhere.
Chris Pratt will be Josh Farraday. His character is roughly equivalent to Horst Buchholz’s Chico in the 1960 version, or possibly Anthony Starke’s Ezra Standish in the TV show. He’s described as a gambler with a fondness for explosives. Chris Pratt has starred in blockbuster movies Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World, as well as the television show Parks and Recreation.
Ethan Hawke will play sharpshooter Goodnight Robicheaux. His character may be closer to Brad Dexter’s Harry Luck from the previous movie or Eric Close’s Vin Tanner in the TV show. Ethan Hawke has been in White Fang, Gattaca, and Born to be Blue.
Vincent D’Onofrio will be Jack Horne, a trapper. His character will be roughly equivalent to Vin Tanner, who was played by Steve McQueen in the movie and Eric Tanner in the TV show. Vincent D’Onofrio has been in Men in Black, Jurassic World, Full Metal Jacket, Daredevil, and Law and Order: Criminal Intent.
Byung-hun Lee, who performs in his native South Korea as Lee Byung-hun, will be Billy Rocks, an assassin. His character is the counterpart of Britt, the knife man played by James Coburn in the movie. His character has no direct equivalent in the TV show. Byung-hun Lee starred in Masquerade, Joint Security Area, The Good, the Bad, the Weird, and Inside Men, which are the top 40 of the 100 highest grossing movies in South Korea. In the U.S., he has appeared in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and RED 2.
Martin Sensmeier will play Red Harvest, a Comanche warrior. In real life, Sensmeier is mostly Tlingit, with some Koyukon-Athabascan, Irish, and French heritage. His character is supposed to roughly be the equivalent to Charles Bronson’s Bernardo O’Reilly. Martin Sensmeier has been in Salem, Lilin’s Brood, and False Memory Syndrome.
Manuel Garcia-Rulfo plays the bandido Vasquez, a part roughly equal to Robert Vaughn’s Lee in the movie. In the USA, he’s been in From Dusk Till Dawn, Cake, and Bless Me, Ultima. In Mexico, he’s been in Alguien Más and 180º.
Peter Sarsgaard will be the villainous Bartholomew Bogue. Sarsgaard has been in such movies and TV shows as Dead Man Walking, The Center of the World, The Man in the Iron Mask, The Killing, and Shattered Glass.
Haley Bennett will portray Emma Cullen, the defiant, undefeated widow who hires the seven to defend her hometown. She has been in Hardcore Henry, The Equalizer, Passage, Kaboom, and Arcadia Last.
Other actors in the film will be Matt Bomer from White Collar, Sean Bridgers from Deadwood, and Luke Grimes from Fifty Shades of Grey.
The Magnificent Seven is no stranger to remakes and reboots. The 1960 western film was itself based on Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 Seven Samurai. The 1960 western had three sequels between 1966 and 1972. In 1977 and 1978 Marvel’s Star Wars comic book did an homage to The Magnificent Seven in issues 7-10, with Han Solo taking the role played by Yul Brynner and Denzel Washington in the movies. The 1980 science fiction film Battle Beyond the Stars was based on The Magnificent Seven, even having Robert Vaughn play almost the same character under a different name.
In addition to an all-star cast, led by Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, The Magnificent Seven will feature the final movie score composed by James Horner before his death. As reported in the Inquisitr, the new The Magnificent Seven, starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, will be released on September 23.
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