There are classic movies, and then there are classic movies. When it was first announced in 2012 that director Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer) was remaking The Magnificent Seven, a lot of people wondered if he could do the classic 1960 Western justice.
First there’s the immortal original cast, led by Yul Brynner, and including Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson, and then there’s that iconic soundtrack, composed by Elmer Bernstein (have a listen, and just see if you can’t get it out of your head all day).
Could a new version live up to it? Well, the teaser trailer released today is our first chance to find out.
Brynner’s character Chris Adams becomes Sam Chisholm, played by a gunslingin’ Denzel Washington. He gathers together an all-star posse: there’s Chris Pratt as the charming gambler Josh Farraday; Ethan Hawke, who plays Civil War sharpshooter Goodnight Robicheaux; Vincent D’Onofrio (Daredevil) playing Jack Horne, a trapper; Byung-Hun Lee (Terminator Genisys) as assassin Billy Rocks; Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as Vasquez, an outlaw; and Martin Sensmeier as Red Harvest, a Comanche warrior.
All seven hired guns ride into the sleepy town of Rose Creek, where they encounter industrialist Bartholomew Bogue, played by Experimenter‘s Peter Sarsgaard:
John Sturges‘s 1960 original spawned numerous sequels, including Return of the Seven and Guns of the Magnificent Seven, and has been preserved in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress on account of it being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
But it was a remake itself, of Japanese classic Seven Samurai, so who’s to say if this one won’t work.
The new version of The Magnificent Seven rides into theaters this September 23.
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