Sunday, 19 April 2015

Luke Grimes set for The Magnificent Seven

Having recently dealt with weapons in Clint Eastwood's (J. Edgar) American Sniper (2014), Luke Grimes should be used to being around gunslingers. That should certainly come in handy, with news arriving via Variety that Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer) has recently added him to the cast of his remake of The Magnificent Seven.

The ensemble so far includes Denzel Washington (The Equalizer), Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), Chris Pratt (Guardians Of The Galaxy), Haley Bennett (The Equalizer) and Vincent D'Onofrio (Escape Plan). The movie will once more see a small town – in this case built around a gold mine – threatened by a ruthless baron (D'Onofrio, assuming he takes the role) and his gang of thugs. When they kill several people in their attempt to take the place over, a young widow (Bennett) hires a bounty hunter (Washington) to dispatch the bad guys, supplying him with the necessary funds to hire six gunmen to help him in his mission. Which is where Pratt, Hawke and others come into play. We would guess that Grimes is another of the seven brought in.

John Lee Hancock (The Bland Side) and Nic Pizzolatto (True Detective) are among those who have contributed to the screenplay, adapted from the classic Seven Samurai (1954), which became the first crack at a Magnificent Seven in 1960. Fuqua's version recently locked in a January 2017 release date across the pond and in the UK.

Grimes, who was last seen in Fifty Shades Of Grey, has several movies awaiting release including Peter Sollett's (Nick And Norah's Infinite Playlist) equal rights drama Freeheld, which also stars Ellen Page (Inception), alongside Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) co-stars Steve Carell and Julianne Moore.

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