Antoine Fuqua’s TIFF opener The Magnificent Seven is something of a contradiction—in some ways old-fashioned, respecting the conventions of the grand old western, the film is also bolstered by a uniquely diverse cast, with actors, in this instance, representing accurately the races they represent on screen, an occurrence which shouldn’t be uncommon, but is.
Led by Denzel Washington, The Magnificent Seven also stars Washington’s Training Day partner Ethan Hawke, blockbuster dynamo Chris Pratt, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, and Martin Sensmeier as the Seven in question, who are on the hunt for murderous industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (a menacing Peter Sarsgaard).
In a Deadline video exclusive above, Fuqua speaks of making a diverse western that would make both John Sturges and Akira Kurosawa proud; Chris Pratt speaks to his love of westerns, emerging in free time off set during the production of Guardians of the Galaxy; and Ethan Hawke discusses finding the right project to re-team with collaborators Fuqua and Washington—a project divorced from the world of Training Day, which premiered at TIFF over a decade ago.
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