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WATCH: Chris Pratt and Denzel Washington form The Magnificent Seven…

April 20th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments

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So, we finally have our first look at Antoine Fuqua’s Magnificent Seven remake, starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt. We were extremely sceptical about this film for a while but now the first batch of photos and trailer have arrived, we’re leaning more towards thinking it looks completely badass.

In addition to minted A-listers Pratt and Washington, the impressive ensemble is rounded off with Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Ononfrio, Byung-hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Martin Sensmeier.

The film is a Training Day reunion, re-teaming director Fuqua with Hawke and Washington. Interestingly, across his illustrious and varied career, Washington has never appeared in a western.

According to USA Today (via Squareeyed), Hawke plays a character called Goodnight Robicheaux, while Pratt will star as Chris Farraday, a character labeled as “charming.”

Although it bears its name, the film is not a direct remake of 1960’s Magnificent Seven starring Steve McQueen, but will borrow heavily from its themes and narrative. Check out the images below.

The remake rides into cinemas on September 23


Ireland release date: 23rd September 2016

Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ and Columbia Pictures’ The Magnificent Seven.  With the sleepy town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate towns people 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.

Directed by:
Antoine Fuqua

Screenplay by:
Nic Pizzolatto and Richard Wenk

Produced by:
Roger Birnbaum
Todd Black

Executive Producers:
Walter Mirisch
Antoine Fuqua
Bruce Berman
Ben Waisbren

Denzel Washington
Chris Pratt
Ethan Hawke
Vincent D’Onofrio
Byung-Hun Lee
Peter Sarsgaard

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.