Ethan Hawke to Reteam With Denzel Washington on the ‘Magnificent Seven’ Remake
Director Antoine Fuqua’s upcoming remake of The Magnificent Seven (which seems to have dropped the “the” because it’s 2015 and no one has time for that) has added another actor you really like to its line-up of stars. Ethan Hawke, fresh off an Oscar nomination for Boyhood, has joined Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, and Haley Bennett in the remake of the western classic, which follows a team of gunfighters who team up to protect a small Mexican town from bandits.
Variety broke the news of Hawke’s casting, although it is still unclear who he (or anyone else) is playing in the film.
This project is a reunion for Hawke, Washington and Fuqua, who previous collaborated in 2001 for the cop drama, Training Day. Hawke received his first Academy Award nomination for the film, and Washington his second win. Everyone then went their own separate ways until Washington teamed up with Fuqua for last year’s very successful The Equalizer. Imagine the conversation: if a partial Training Day reunion can lead to a $100 million hit, then what will happen with a full reunion?
Magnificent Seven is, of course, a remake of the 1960 film of the same name, which saw Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and a bunch of other tough badasses take down a small army of bad guys. That film was a remake itself, transferring the set-up of Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece Seven Samurai to the Old West. Although the actual time and setting of the remake have fluctuated in the years that it has been in development, this version (written by John Lee Hancock and True Detective mastermind Nic Pizzolatto) will seemingly return to the wild west. A good choice. Who in their right mind wouldn’t want to see a movie where Washington, Hawke and Pratt put on cowboy hats and get into gunfights?