5 things you need to know about ‘The Magnificent Seven’

Every year there are a few Toronto International Film Festival titles that get nearly everyone talking. This year, "The Magnificent Seven" is one of those movies. It boasts an all-star cast, a big name director, and a legacy that reaches back five decades… so no pressure, right?
 
You can bet that this will be one of the hottest tickets at TIFF. Here’s what you need to know before you see it. 
 

 

1. You might have (sort of) seen it before

The much-hyped TIFF title is a reimagining of the classic 1960 western directed by John Sturges and starring Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, and Charles Bronson. That movie was an adaptation of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 movie, “Seven Samurai”. Brynner was the one who came up with the idea of turning the Japanese film into a western.  

2. Filmmaker Antoine Fuqua is getting the gang back together for this one

The “Training Day” director re-cast that film’s stars to take the leads in his latest movie. Ethan Hawke and Denzel Washington are part of an ensemble cast that also includes Chris Pratt, Vincent D’Onofrio, Peter Sarsgaard, and Haley Bennett. Bennett and Washington worked together on another Fuqua film, “The Equalizer.”   

3. Even though it’s frequently referred to as a remake, this film differs in one major way

Fuqua and screenwriters Richard Wenk and Nic Pizzolatto (the guy behind “True Detective”) created an entirely new set of characters for the film. 

4. Washington was Fuqua’s first choice to fill Yul Brynner’s shoes

“For me, I think it needs to be more of a modern event and more diverse,” Fuqua said in an interview with Collider. “I said, ‘How ‘bout Denzel Washington for Yul Brynner’s character?’ There was a bit of a hush that feel over the room for a lot of reasons. First was do you think he would even do it? A Western? The second was the obvious, that he’s African-American. And I said, for all those reasons, that’s why we should try to get Denzel Washington to do it.” 

5. TIFF will host the film’s world premiere.

Festival-goers will see this possible awards contender before any other audience on the planet. 
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