EXCLUSIVE: Landing a star-making role a lot of actresses chased, Haley Bennett has been set to play the female lead opposite an ensemble headed by Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt in the Antoine Fuqua-directed The Magnificent Seven for MGM. Bennett most recently co-starred with Washington in the Fuqua-directed The Equalizer, and she just wrapped The Blunderer opposite Patrick Wilson and Jessica Biel, and Warren Beatty’s untitled film about Howard Hughes. Her reps at CAA and lawyer Dave Feldman are making the deal.

In the pic, a town is taken over by a ruthless gold mining baron and his thugs. She plays the widow of a man who was murdered, and hires a bounty hunter to get rid of the baron and his thugs, and gives the bounty hunter enough money to pay six gunmen to help him in the cause.