It’s being reported that Ethan Hawke has entered into final negotiations to star in the upcoming remake of The Magnificent Seven for MGM.
The casting completes a reunion of the Academy Award winning 2001 drama Training Day, which also starred Denzel Washington, who won an Oscar for Best Actor for the role, and was directed by Antoine Fuqua—both of whom are also attached to Magnificent Seven. Hawke was nominated for Best Supporting Actor, but lost to Jim Broadbent in Iris.
Also starring in the movie is Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World), who will be playing a character named Farraday, and Haley Bennett (Marley & Me, The Equalizer). Who exactly Hawke and Washington will be playing is not yet known.
The latest writer to work on the screenplay for Magnificent Seven is John Lee Hancock, who previously wrote and directed The Alamo and The Blind Side. He also wrote Snow White and the Huntsman, and directed The Rookie and Saving Mr. Banks. Before Hancock, a draft of the script was worked on by Nic Pizzolatto, who created, writes, and executive produces HBO’s True Detective and also wrote a couple of episodes of The Killing.
Other movies that Fuqua is known for directing are Tears of the Sun, King Arthur, Shooter, Brooklyn’s Finest, Olympus Has Fallen, and most recently The Equalizer.
Magnificent Seven is a remake of the 1960 western of the same name directed by John Sturges, which starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Eli Wallach, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, and more. The movie tells the story of a poor village hiring seven gunmen to help protect them from a gang of bandits who terrorize them each year. The original was a remake in its own right, an American retelling of the Akira Kurosawa classic Seven Samurai.