Friday, 12 December 2014

Chris Pratt in early talks for The Magnificent Seven

Not content with signing up for Universal Pictures Cowboy Ninja Viking adaption, Chris Pratt (Guardians Of The Galaxy) is circling a role that would require only one of those abilities – according to Deadline, he is in early talks to snatch a role in the new Magnificent Seven.

Denzel Washington is already locked in to star in this one, which his The Equalizer collaborator Antoine Fuqua is directing. John Sturges' 1960 take on the story – itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai – saw a Mexican peasant village persuading seven gunfighters to help protect them from bandits.

Fuqua's version, which boasts a script featuring contributions from John Lee Hancock (Snow White And The Huntsman) and Nic Pizzolatto (True Detective), is reportedly set after the Civil War, as the Wild West era is coming to an end.

MGM is backing this one, hoping to finally get the long-gestating film into production next year. If he signs, Pratt would play a character named Farraday who has been created for the current take on the tale. And it would mean Fuqua and producers would only need to find five more members of the posse...

Still a star of Parks And Recreation on the small screen, Pratt can next be seen at the multiplex in a little movie called Jurassic World, set to arrive here on the 12 June next year.

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