Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt is in early talks to join Denzel Washington in MGM's remake of The Magnificent Seven. While the actor's character isn't being modeled after any original characters from the 1960 Western classic The Magnificent Seven, he will play a character named Farraday, if his deal goes through. The talks are in early stages at this point.
The 1960 film The Magnificent Seven, directed by John Sturges, was loosely inspired by Akira Kurosawa's 1954 classic Seven Samurai. The story follows seven gunmen who are hired by a small Mexican village to protect them from from a nefarious tyrant named Calvera (Eli Wallach). Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, James Coburn and Horst Buchholz played the gunmen. The original spawned the sequels Return of the Magnificent Seven (1966), Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969) and The Magnificent Seven Ride! (1972), although none of the follow-ups featured the entire original cast.
Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer) is directing from a script originally written by True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto, with John Lee Hancock providing a rewrite. Roger Birnbaum is producing, although it isn't known when production may begin. Chris Pratt will next be seen in Jurassic World, and he also recently signed on to star in Cowboy Ninja Viking.