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Denzel Washington replaces Tom Cruise in The Magnificent Seven remake

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Story by Jack Foley

DENZEL Washington is to replace Tom Cruise in the upcoming remake of The Magnificent Seven.

According to the Guardian newspaper, the casting was confirmed by director Antoine Fuqua at a press conference to promote Washington’s latest film, The Equalizer, in Toronto.

Fuqua will direct and will work with Washington for a third time, following their collaboration on The Equalizer and Training Day.

Cruise was previously attached to the new version of The Magnificent Seven, which was in itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 Japanese tale Seven Samurai.

John Sturges’s star-studded 1960 film centred on a group of American mercenaries – head by Yul Brynner and including Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter and Horst Buchholz – as they helped defend a Mexican village against raiding bandits.

Commenting on the project in Toronto, Fuqua told Variety: “Denzel’s all about the work. He’s all about the acting. He’s an actor. He’ll tell you himself, ‘I’m not a movie star, celebrity, something else, I’m an actor.’ He steps on a set that’s what he is and that’s what he gives you. He gives his heart.”

The Equalizer finds Washington taking on the role made famous by Edward Woodward in the 1980s US TV series of the same name. It opens in UK cinemas at the end of September with a sequel already reportedly in the works.

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