The Seven ride again! After a crowd-pleasing debut at last week's CinemaCon, the first trailer has arrived for the upcoming remake of the 1960 classic The Magnificent Seven. The Old West will never be the same again after these guys ride into town. This sneak peek at the September Western has everything you could hope for. Action, humor and a lot of horses.
Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures' and Columbia Pictures' The Magnificent Seven. 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. The Magnificent Seven are 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. And it's truly going to be One Wild Ride! The screenplay is by Nic Pizzolatto and Richard Wenk. The producers are Roger Birnbaum and Todd Black. The movie unites director Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington for a third time following the critically-acclaimed Training Day and The Equalizer.
The director says that he pitched Denzel this project by telling him to envision an image of the actor riding over the hill on a black horse. There's a hip-hop version of Ennio Morricone's iconic theme song playing in the background. Here's what the director had to say about how Denzel responded to this pitch.
"Denzel just smiled and said, 'All right, let's do it.' I walked out of the restaurant and said to myself, 'Denzel Washington is getting on a horse for The Magnificent Seven.'"
The actor also prepared for the role by taking horseback lessons, while forming a "bond," so to speak, with his character's signature weapon, a Colt .45 Peacemaker. According to the director, Denzel took this weapon with him everywhere to get in tune with his character. Here's what the filmmaker had to say.
"He had it with him all the time, even when he wasn't on the set. We'd have meetings and he'd be spinning and twirling his gun while we were talking. He used to walk around his house spinning guns, go to restaurants. Obviously, people knew it was for his character."
Production took place in New Orleans last year, and the director revealed that the sweltering heat provided a number of challenges for the cast, and even the horses. You can see come of that passion on display in this two-minute preview. The Magnificent Seven is set for release on September 23, going up against Warner Bros.' Storks and an untitled project from Sony Pictures Animation. Hope on and ride into town with Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt in the first trailer for The Magnificient Seven.