Director Antoine Fuqua has been kicking around an idea for a "Magificent Seven" remake for some time now, and reportedly has roped in frequent collaborator Denzel Washington for the lead role. Now, a hotshot up-and-coming superstar may also be joining the film's ranks.
Deadline reports that Chris Pratt, who starred in summer blockbuster "Guardians of the Galaxy" and also plays the lead in next year's "Jurassic World," is "in early talks" to star alongside Washington in the flick. The site also reports this other detail about just who Pratt would be playing: "Pratt's character isn't specifically modeled after [the original characters], but his character name is Farraday."
There's still no timeline for when Fuqua wants to start shooting the flick -- an update on the classic 1960 western starring Steve McQueen, which itself was a loose take on Akira Kurowsawa's "Seven Samuri" -- but securing Pratt is a smart move. While he was somewhat known to television audiences for his lovable goofball Andy Dwyer on NBC sitcom "Parks and Recreation," Pratt became an international star thanks to "Guardians," and his profile continues to rise -- and could potentially bring in a younger crowd than a western remake might attract otherwise.
According to TheWrap, "True Detective" creator Nic Pizzolatto is co-writing the script along with John Lee Hancock. The film, set post-Civil War, "follows seven elite gunmen who agree to protect a small town," per TheWrap.
Washington hasn't publicly confirmed his involvement yet, but it seems like a no-brainer to once again join forces with Fuqua, who helped Washington win an Oscar for his starring role in "Training Day." Stay tuned to see how this shakes out.
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