Once those dusty first images emerged, blinking into the sunlight, just yesterday, we knew it was only a matter of time before Sony and MGM premiered the first trailer for The Magnificent Seven remake.
And sure enough, today brings forth our first peek at Antoine Fuqua’s (The Equalizer) western in motion, showcasing stand-offs, tense camaraderie and a collection of dastardly gunslingers all fighting for the same cause. Upon crossing paths with Haley Bennett’s distressed villager, Denzel Washington’s Sam Chisolm catches wind of unhinged industrialist Bartholomew Bogue, spurring him into action to protect the denizens of Rose Creek.
He can’t do it alone, however, and in his plight he assembles half a dozen vigilantes – a so-called “bunch of strays” – to ward off the oncoming threat of Bogue and his men on horseback. Among that crack team are Chris Pratt as wisecracking gunslinger Josh Farraday, Ethan Hawke, a bearded Vincent D’Onofrio, Wagner Moura, Byung-Hun Lee and Luke Grimes, with much of Fuqua’s feature drawing inspiration from John Sturges’ 1960 original – itself based on Akira Kurosawa’s crown jewel, Seven Samurai.
When reflecting on his Magnificent Seven, Antoine Fuqua outlined the gravitas of his titular crew and why you’ll always want to call them allies, stating that “these guys are gunslingers, and when they walk into the room, you notice them. These are people you want to be with, or you want to protect you.”
The Magnificent Seven trots into theaters in time for September 23. Matt Bomer, Billy Slaughter and Vinnie Jones round out the ensemble.