Ethan Hawke has, according to a story today at Variety, joined the cast of director Antoine Fuqua’s latest, The Magnificent Seven. The actor will also once again appear opposite Denzel Washington and will also join Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Chris Pratt and The Equalizer‘s Haley Bennett.
Originally drafted by “True Detective” scribe Nic Pizzolatto (since rewritten by The Blind Side‘s John Lee Hancock), The Magnificent Seven will remake the 1960 film directed by John Sturges that itself was inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 classic Seven Samurai. Sturges’ version starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn and Robert Vaughn as a group of disparate gunmen who come together to protect a Mexican village from bandits led by Eli Wallach. It led to a number of sequels as well as a CBS television series.
The new film is said to feature victimized a mining town, taken over by a gold baron, rather than the Mexican village of the original. By the way this reminds me that Hawke is in a little known WW2 movie from the early 1990s called ‘A Midnight Clear’, and although hardly a classic, worth checking out if you get the time.