The first trailer for the remake of the 1960 film ‘The Magnificent Seven‘ premiered this week and we have all the details about the star-studded film.
The new film version stars Academy Award Winner Denzel Washington (Training Day), Chris Pratt (Jurassic World), Ethan Hawke (The Purge), Vincent D’Onofrio (Daredevil), Manuel Garcia Rulfo (Cake), Martin Sensmeier (Lilin’s Brood) and Lee Byun-hun (Terminator Genisys’).
The Antoine Fuqua upcoming remake will follow seven gunslingers who are hired to protect a town from the deadly wrath of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue.
This will be the third collaboration between Fuqua and Denzel Washington after 2001’s “Training Day,” which earned Washington an Oscar for Best Actor, and 2014’s “The Equalizer,” which grossed over $192 million against a $55 million budget and garnered mixed-to-positive reviews.
The cast also includes Peter Sarsgaard (Jarhead) as the industrialist Bartholomew Bogue, as well as Haley Bennett (The Equalizer), Matt Bomer (White Collar), Vinnie Jones (X-Men: The Last Stand), and Cam Gigandet (Pandorum) in supporting roles.
The 1960 film was itself a redo of Akira Kurosawa’s classic Seven Samurai often considered one of the great films of world cinema.
In Kurosawa’s version, set in 16th century Japan, the villagers hire samurai. In the two American Old West tales, the seven protectors are mercenary gunslingers.
That American remake was a huge hit starring Steve McQueen, Yul Brynner, James Coburn, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter and Eli Wallah.
That film earned an Academy Award nomination for Elmer Bernstein’s score, and a Golden Globe Award nomination for Vaughn.
In the movie, Yul Brynner’s Chris gets his heartstrings pulled by three poverty-stricken village leaders whose sincerity is matched only by their lack of ability to defend themselves. The gunslinger agrees to help them find other men for hire who could help defend their village against the lecherous Calvera.
The film also spawned numerous sequels, including Return of the Seven and Guns of the Magnificent Seven. There was also a TV series of the same name that ran between 1998 and 2000.
But the new Magnificent Seven will not be a direct remake of the 1960 film though the general plot specifics remain the same:
With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.
The first clip shows plenty of gunfire, regular fire, explosions, frenetic horseback riding, and pursuits of vengeance.
In the trailer, a character played by actress Haley Bennett (The Equalizer) says: “We are decent people driven from our homes. Slaughtered in cold blood.”
Chisholm says: “So you seek revenge?” and Bennett’s character says: “I seek righteousness…but I’ll take revenge.”
The trailer pays homage to the original with a soundtrack that is also from the 1960s with a modern twist – it’s a pounding cover of the Animals’ House of the Rising Sun.
“The Magnificent Seven” hits theaters Sept. 23, 2016.
You can watch the trailer below: