Denzel Washington's Magnificent Seven Role Revealed

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Denzel Washington's Magnificent Seven Role Revealed

Director Antoine Fuqua reteamed with his Training Day star Denzel Washington for The Equalizer, which is in cinemas this week, and it seems they've got another collaboration on the way.

It was confirmed recently that the director and star would be working on a remake of Jim Sturges' 1960 film The Magnificent Seven, itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai. The basic plot involves a small group of warriors defending a town full of innocents to their glorious death. Or something along those lines.

We recently got the chance to talk to Fuqua and asked about his plans for the new movie, or more specifically the role Washington would play: "The lead role. I guess you’d say the Yul Brynner role because he was the lead guy in that movie."

It's hardly surprising news, given Washingon's superstar status. Brynner played Chris Adams in the 1960 film, a gunslinger who reluctantly agrees to help a small Mexican town and ends up recruiting other hardmen to help him - including Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Charles Bronson and Robert Vaughn.

This remake has been in the works for awhile, with names like Tom Cruise, Matt Damon and Kevin Costner attached. It's like Cruise won't return now that he can't have the top spot but it remains to be seen if everyone will be recast around Washington. We also don't yet know if this will be a period film or significantly updated. A modern day version seems fairly likely.

That's not all Fuqua has in the pipeline, before Magnificent Seven we'll also see another movie, according to the filmmaker: "And I’m editing Southpaw with Jake Gyllenhaal right now. So I’m in the middle of editing that." The film also stars Rachel McAdams, Naomie Harris and Forest Whitaker.

Southpaw is likely to debut in 2015, with Magnificent Seven arriving no earlier than 2016.

The Equalizer is in cinemas on the 26th of September 2014.



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