Haley Bennett, who recently appeared in The Equalizer, is reteaming with director Antoine Fuqua and leading man Denzel Washington for The Magnificent Seven. According to Deadline, Bennett will play the film’s female lead, a woman in a small town whose husband is murdered by gunfighters. She winds up paying the bounty to enlist the film’s title ensemble.
Originally drafted by “True Detective” scribe Nic Pizzolatto (since rewritten by The Blind Side‘s John Lee Hancock), The Magnificent Seven will remake the 1960 film directed by John Sturges that itself was inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 classic Seven Samurai. Sturges’ version starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn and Robert Vaughn as a group of disparate gunmen who come together to protect a Mexican village from bandits led by Eli Wallach. It led to a number of sequels as well as a CBS television series.
The new film is said to feature victimized a mining town, taken over by a gold baron, rather than the Mexican village of the original.
Chris Pratt is also set to star in the remake, which is expected to announce more cast members very soon. Check back for further details as soon as they become available.
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