The Toronto International Film Festival today announced that Antoine Fuqua’s "The Magnificent Seven" will open the 41st annual fest with its world premiere on the evening of Sept. 8.
|The new "Magnificent Seven" rides into Toronto on Sept.8.|
The remake of the legendary John Sturges western was among an initial batch of 68 films announced for this year's festival by Piers Handling, director and CEO of TIFF, and festival Artistic Director Cameron Bailey. “We are pleased to welcome acclaimed filmmaker Antoine Fuqua back to the Festival, and have been proud to present audiences previously with his feature films, including Training Day" and "The Equalizer,” Handling said. “Fuqua has delivered an exciting character-driven film on a grand scale, while putting his own unique spin on the genre making for a thrilling opening night.”
Added Bailey: “Fuqua’s ability to effortlessly blend visceral action and the emotion of drama is what makes him such a compelling storyteller, and this film is no exception. With an incredible ensemble cast who deliver commanding performances, our audience is certainly in for a ride.”
Fuqua himself delivered a statement on screen before this morning's press gathering watched a trailer for his latest film, which stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett, and Peter Sarsgaard.
"This will be my third time bringing a film to
," Fuqua said, "and having 'The Magnificent Seven' selected as the opening night film is a true
honor, I can’t think of a better place, or a
better crowd, for the film’s world premiere.” Toronto
Fuqua's modern vision of the 1960 to a classic has the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Sarsgaard), before the desperate townspeople, led by Emma Cullen (Bennett), employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers, and hired guns — Sam Chisolm (Washington), Josh Faraday (Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Hawke), Jack Horne (D'Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Lee), Vasquez (Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Sensmeier).
As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money in the screenplay by Nic Pizzolatto and Richard Wenk.
"The Magnificent Seven" is presented by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Columbia Pictures, in association with LStar Capital and Village Roadshow Pictures. The 41st Toronto International Film Festival runs Sept. 8-18. Festival ticket package info is available online 24 hours a day and at 888-599-8433.