Nearly 14 years after making Training Day with star Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua, Ethan Hawke is reuniting with both the actor and filmmaker in MGM’s The Magnificent Seven remake. Variety reports that Ethan Hawke is in final negotiations to join the cast, which also includes Chris Pratt and Haley Bennett. No details were given for Ethan Hawke‘s character.
The original Western classic The Magnificent Seven starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, James Coburn and Horst Buchholz as seven gunmen hired by a Mexican fishing village to protect them from the villainous Calvera (Eli Wallach). Director John Sturges‘ film was itself a loose remake of Akira Kurosawa‘s beloved 1954 classic Seven Samurai. This new version will be set in a gold mining town, with Haley Bennett playing a widow who hires seven gunman to protect her town from a gold baron and his thugs.
Antoine Fuqua is directing from a screenplay originally written by True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto, with John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks) providing the most recent revisions. It isn’t known when production will begin at this time. Ethan Hawke most recently starred in the Best Picture nominee Boyhood and the sci-fi thriller Predestination. He will next be seen in Good Kill, Anarchy and Regression, all slated for release later this year.