Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt is in early negotiations to join Denzel Washington in director Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven, Deadline reports.
The MGM film is a remake of John Sturges’ 1960 Western — itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai — about seven American gunfighters hired to protect a small Mexican village from bandits. The original starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, James Coburn, Brad Dexter, and Horst Buchholz, with Eli Wallach playing the leader of the marauders.
According to the website, Pratt would play Farraday, who’s not necessarily modeled after any of the original characters.
MGM has had its eye on this remake for a while, announcing in 2012 that True Detective mastermind Nic Pizzolatto was penning the script. Tom Cruise was attached to star for a while, but dropped out late last year. At the same time, Maleficent writer John Lee Hancock was tapped for a rewrite.
Pratt, who has Jurassic World on the horizon, is also attached to star in the adaptation of the Image Comics series Cowboy Ninja Viking.
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