Seven men on horseback will again ride through the Old West to save the day, and this time, they”re led by Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt.
The two actors saddled up for The Magnificent Seven remake opening in theaters later this year. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), the film”s first trailer hit the web today. You can watch it below:
Based on the 1960 Western The Magnificent Seven, which itself was based on Akira Kurosawa”s Seven Samurai, the new film also stars Peter Sarsgaard as industrialist Bartholomew Bogue, who”s ruthlessly taken control of the small town of Rose Creek. The desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers, and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Washington), Josh Farraday (Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D”Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier).
HitFix was among a small group of reporters to visit the edit bay for Magnificent Seven last month to view a couple scenes from the film and talk with Fuqua.
We watched a scene when Washington”s character, Sam Chisolm, faces the men who claim to be lawmen protecting the town of Rose Creek. “This is an awful lot of deputies for such a small place,” he observes. It”s a tense scene, though one with a few chuckle-worthy quips, before it launches into a thrilling shootout between Chisolm”s men and the guys terrorizing Rose Creek. The second scene we watched featured Washington”s and Pratt”s characters training the people of the small town. That one was a light and humorous scene, both thanks to Pratt”s slick, mischievous character and to the comedic incompetence of the townspeople with guns before they”re ready for the big battle.
In both scenes, we also got to see Hawke”s troubled but clearly skilled gunslinger. Fuqua (who directed Hawke”s first Oscar-nominated performance, in Training Day) said the actor was very, very eager to be a part of his Magnificent Seven.
“He literally grabbed me by the collar and said, ‘If you do this f—ing movie, I”m in it. I don”t care who I”m playing!'” Fuqua recalled.
Fuqua said the “DNA of the characters” in his Magnificent Seven comes from the men brought to life by Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, and the rest of the cast in the 1960 movie, though the characters aren”t directly modeled after those in the original film.