A Training Day reunion is brewing. Denzel Washington won an Oscar for the 2001 cop drama, and he recently reteamed with director Antoine Fuqua on last year’s The Equalizer. The two quickly put together a follow-up with The Magnificent Seven remake, and now MGM’s redo is poised to get the whole band back together, as Variety reports that Washington’s Training Day co-star Ethan Hawke is in final negotiations to join the cast.
This redo is based on the 1960 original starring Yul Bynner and Steve McQueen, which centered on seven gunslingers who protected a Mexican village from a group of outlaws. But of course that film was itself a remake of the Akira Kurosawa classic Seven Samurai. This Magnificent Seven remake will maintain the wild west setting, but little else is known about the plans for the new film. True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto wrote the initial draft of the screenplay, with John Lee Hancock (The Alamo) writing the most recent draft.
Hawke and Washington will be joined in the cast by Chris Pratt and Hailey Bennett, which leaves three “magnificent” roles yet to be filled. Given the variety and quality of the actors already involved, I’m definitely curious to see who else signs on. Hawke is, of course, coming off a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his work in Boyhood, and he also received a Best Supporting Actor nod for his role in Training Day. The actor will next be seen in Gattaca director Andrew Niccol‘s drone drama Good Kill.