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Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven – Teaser Trailer

The Magnificent Seven - Teaser Trailer

A Training Day cast and director reunion in the Old West? A remake of a remake? A Pratt in a hat?

With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of a ruthless industrialist (the frequently evil Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – 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.

This is of course a remake of the 1960 classic (which starred Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen), itself a remake of 1954’s ‘Seven Samurai’. Incredibly it’s Denzel Washington’s first western. Director Antoine Fuqua says he’s aiming for a classic, traditional genre piece rather than anything hip, with mean, rough men captured on anamorphic film under big skies. It’ll feature the last ever score by James Horner (‘Aliens’), who enthusiastically wrote it in secret based off the script, before he died in a plane crash.

Pre-footage, this was my most anticipated thriller of the year. I still think it will be a lot better than this teaser. The footage isn’t bad but it’s disappointingly by the numbers and is focused particularly on Chris Pratt being a cowboy, which isn’t that amazing in itself. We’ve seen all these visuals in other westerns. However Washington, Ethan Hawke and Antoine Fuqua previously collaborated on the brilliant Training Day and Fuqua (The Equalizer, Olympus Has Fallen) is perhaps the most underrated action-thriller director around. His style, energy and no-nonsense violence are compelling, and matched with this material and this stellar cast I still think the result is going to be…fairly magnificent.

The Magnificent Seven is released in the US and UK on 23 September. When it reaches home release it’ll slide in neatly between your copy of The Ridiculous Six and The Hateful Eight.

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