Sometimes a rumor enters your eyespace that you feel has to be made up by someone who has far too much time on their hands and wanted to score some easy traffic for their site. Those are the rumors you scoff at and ignore, mumbling something no one will ever hear you say as you move on to other more reliable news sources. Then there’s the times where those rumors surface, and, no matter how fabricated they feel, must be shared with you the masses.
Last month we were surprised to find out that MGM (who’s trying to make a big comeback from near death with multiple remakes) was developing a new remake of the western classic (and remake in its own right of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai), The Magnificent Seven with Tom Cruise attached to star. That’s still as far as accurate details about the movie go, but a shiny new rumor has a trio of actors in line to join the cast that would force you to pay attention to the movie.
According to the not-always-so-reliable folks over at the UK’s The Sun, Matt Damon is already signed on to the project to play Vin, which would be the same role played by Steve McQueen in the original. Cruise is said to be playing the Yul Brynner.
The publication then went on to note in passing that Morgan Freeman and Kevin Costner could also be jumping on board, though they weren’t as sure about them as they appear to be about Damon.
While I bid you all take these rumors with boulders of salt, the castings would make sense. This is a movie that’s perfect for a ridiculously impressive cast. On top of that, the trio all have experience in the western genre: Damon starred in the Coen brothers’ remake of True Grit; Freeman was in Unforgiven with Clint Eastwood (speaking of…somebody call him immediately); and Costner has multiple visits to the old west including the recent History Channel mini-series, Hatfields & McCoys, Wyatt Earp, and a personal favorite of mine, Silverado.
The likelihood of these rumors becoming reality is quite slim, but still, how bad ass would this cast be?!
What would be YOUR dream cast for the Magnificent Seven remake?