The Magnificent Seven 2016: What to Know About the Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt Remake

Denzel Washington in The Magnificent Seven
Denzel Washington in The Magnificent Seven

The Magnificent Seven Trailer with Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke

Call them the Magnificent Two. Put together Denzel Washington with director Antoine Fuqua and quality movie action results — witness “Training Day,” which won Washington an Oscar. Now comes their latest collaboration, a reimagining of the classic Western “The Magnificent Seven.”

It’s been 56 years since a misfit group of seven gunslingers embarked on a hopeless and ultimately thankless mission to save a Mexican town from bandits. And if anybody remembers anything from the “The Magnificent Seven” from 1960 it’s probably Elmer Bernstein’s iconic score, now synonymous with movie Westerns music.

The trailer for “The Magnificent Seven” 2016 version dropped this week and the story unfolds to the “House of the Rising Sun” and includes Chris Pratt with all his “Guardians of the Galaxy” swagger. Some takeaways:

Denzel Washington Sits High and Cool in the Saddle in The Magnificent Seven 2016 Reboot

1. Denzel Rocks a Black Hat

Proof that Washington is cooler than cool in any look, the star — taking on the role close to that played by Yul Brenner in the original — Washington’s Sam Chisolm dresses up in black from head to toe and sits high and calm in the saddle as he considers the desperate plea from a woman (Haley Bennet) whose townspeople are being “slaughtered in cold blood”

“So you seek revenge?” asks Washington.

“I seek righteousness,” she replies. “But I’ll take revenge.”

2. Gosh, Dangitt, Chris Pratt Looks Good

Trading in his Walkman for six-shooters, a scruffy Pratt swings moonshine from the bottle, ambles, winks, shoots, cracks wise and leaps onto his horse — in other words chews the scenery as only Pratt can. Gliding into what looks like the role played by Steve McQueen, Pratt looks to cement his position as one Hollywood’s biggest stars. As his character Josh Farraday says, “Gosh, dangitt, I’m good.”

3. We’re Not in Mexico Anymore

The 1960 version was itself a reboot of Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai” in 1954, transporting the action from Japan to Mexico. Now, it appears the setting is the American West — the town is called Rose Creek in the official synopsis. And it’s an “industrialist” (Peter Skarsgaard) not a marauding bandit, taking “deadly control.” Otherwise, the task at hand appears the same.

“Took a job, lookin’ for some men to join me,” Washington tells Pratt.

“Is it difficult?” asks Pratt.

“Impossible,” says Washington.

The Magnificent Seven 2016 Version Promises a Big Showdown – But No Tom Cruise

4. Get Ready for a Major Showdown

Despite the updated soundtrack, the new “Seven” is loaded with all the Western staples: galloping horses, blasting guns, stunning wide-screen vistas on the prairie. One of the seven  wields a mean hatchet and there’s a shiny silver gatling gun that wrecks havoc. According to the synopsis, it all ends in a “violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.”

5. No Tom Cruise

Once upon a time in the West, this was to be a star vehicle for Cruise. But that deal fell apart.

“The Magnificent Seven” opens in the fall. It also stars Ethan Hawke , Vincet D’Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, and Martin Sensmeier.

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