The latest take on the enduring tale of seven strangers protecting a town from a team of bandits has Antoine Fuqua going where John Sturges and Akira Kurosawa has gone before. The Magnificent Seven gets a twenty-first century adaptation this year, and Toronto played host to the world premiere in recent days.
The director and his cast assembled in the city, ahead of the film’s premiere, and we
You can read our review of Fuqua’s film here, and cast your eyes down for the very best from the press conference, held shortly before the film’s debut.
Director Antoine Fuqua was asked about remaking the seminal film once again; he talked of a timeless story, how Kurosawa was ‘like Shakespeare’ and why the story is relevant today.
Chris Pratt also had a succinct answer for those who doubted the validity of the exercise, with some swearing…
Pratt provided many of the funniest moments at the press conference, as he talked about playing an outlaw (something which Peter Quill knows a little about), and bringing a much-needed sense of fun to the film.
As the sole female presence on the panel Hayley Bennett spoke of her time on set with the cast, and why this incarnation of the familiar ‘woman in peril’ brings something new to the genre.
Your new Magnificent Seven are Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, and Martin Sensmeie. Peter Sarsgaard is also in the mix, though less magnificent than the rest.
Synopsis, you say? Why, sure thing fellah.
With the sleepy town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate towns people 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.