Denzel Washington protects the innocent in ‘The Magnificent Seven’

Two-time Academy Award® winner Denzel Washington takes the lead as Sam Chisolm in Columbia Pictures’ new action adventure “The Magnificent Seven” (in cinemas Sept. 21). (Watch the Sam Chisolm vignette at https://youtu.be/jlXqI5A18J8.)

Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Columbia Pictures’ “The Magnificent Seven.” With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople, led by Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett), employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Faraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin 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.

Producer Todd Black says that he thinks Washington was likely drawn to the project for a number of reasons. “I think Denzel wanted to do it because he rarely does ensembles, and I think he thought it would be fun to do one. It was a different way for him to do an action film. He had a strong relationship with Antoine. But most of all, it was different, and he’s always looking for different.”

Naturally, Washington was also drawn by the chance to play Chisolm, the leader of the titular seven. “There are those who have been put on this Earth to protect the innocent,” says the actor. “For this town, he is the right man at the right time.”

“He’d tell you he’s a duly sworn warrant officer from Wichita, Kansas and a licensed peace officer in Arkansas, Indian Territory, Nebraska, and seven other states,” says Washington. “He’s a black man in the frontier, in a position of authority, so he needs to let people know he has authority from the government to do this job. He’s a loner; he’s unafraid. He’s a master with his weapon but he’s not a braggart; he’s a lonely, honorable, courageous man, not especially used to dealing with people.”

“We did a lot of research into guys like that – free black men truly from the West who did that for a living – so we took that and ran with it,” says Fuqua. “When we first meet Chisolm, he’s just going after bad guys and bringing them back to the judge or killing them – either way is OK. He’s in a very cold, dark place – all business – until Haley Bennett’s character says there’s a man in town who is killing men, women and children, and his reaction to that is what stops him.”

“In this town, this evil man has broken backs, literally, and the spirits, of these people,” Washington explains. “I think that affects each of the seven in a different way, but they’re determined to do something about it. Chisolm is coming there to do a job – this town is being taken over – and it happens that he’s also looking for revenge for something that happened to his family. Because he wasn’t able to serve justice on his own situation, for his own family, he’s been attracted to a desire to right wrongs, to bring evil people to jail, to pay for their crimes.”

“The Magnificent Seven” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Use the hashtag #Mag7

WATCH: Featurette introduces men of ‘The Magnificent Seven’

The titular seven outlaws take a bow in a newly released featurette for Columbia Pictures’ action-adventure “The Magnificent Seven” which may be viewed below.

Meet the Bounty Hunter (Denzel Washington), the Gambler (Chris Pratt), the Sharpshooter (Ethan Hawke), the Hunter (Vincent D’Onofrio), the Assassin (Byung-Hun Lee), the Outlaw (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo) and the Warrior (Martin Sensmeier).
Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ and Columbia Pictures’ “The Magnificent Seven.”

With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin 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.

Opening across the Philippines on September 21, 2016, “The Magnificent Seven” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. #Mag7

WATCH: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt invite fans for ‘The Magnificent Seven’

Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt went out of their way to engage fans as they introduce the new international trailer of Columbia Pictures’ upcoming action-adventure “The Magnificent Seven” which may be viewed below.

Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ and Columbia Pictures’ “The Magnificent Seven.”

With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin 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.

Opening across the Philippines on September 21, 2016, “The Magnificent Seven” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. #Mag7

‘The Magnificent Seven’ to be released worldwide in IMAX theatres

May 11, 2016 – IMAX Corporation, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced that “The Magnificent Seven,” starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, and Ethan Hawke and directed by Antoine Fuqua, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format.

The film, which Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Columbia Pictures present in association with LStar Capital and Village Roadshow Pictures, will be released into IMAX® theatres worldwide including the Philippines on September 21, 2016 and in the US on September 23.

“’The Magnificent Seven’ is not only among the most highly anticipated films of the fall, but Antoine Fuqua is delivering the visceral action that is perfect for the IMAX screen,” said Rory Bruer, President of Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures. “’The Magnificent Seven’ and IMAX are a great complement to each other and will play great to audiences around the world.”

“After partnering on ‘The Equalizer,’ we are excited to work again with the incredibly talented director Antoine Fuqua and the whole team at Sony, as well as our friends at MGM, on this exciting new film, `The Magnificent Seven’,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “We believe the film’s sweeping visual style and heart-pounding action is the ideal fit for the IMAX presentation and we can’t wait for fans worldwide to enjoy the ride in IMAX.”

The IMAX® release of “The Magnificent Seven” will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ and Columbia Pictures’ “The Magnificent Seven.” With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople, led by Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett), employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin 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. The film is directed by Antoine Fuqua. The screenplay is by Nic Pizzolatto and Richard Wenk. The producers are Roger Birnbaum and Todd Black.

Opening across the Philippines on September 21, 2016, “The Magnificent Seven” is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

WATCH: ‘The Magnificent Seven’ remake launches first trailer

Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ and Columbia Pictures’ “The Magnificent Seven” starring . Watch the film’s first trailer that has just been launched below.

With the sleepy town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin 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.

Written by Nic Pizzolatto and Richard Wenk, “The Magnificent Seven” is produced by Roger Birnbaum and Todd Black, with executive producers Walter Mirish, Antonine Fuqua, Bruce Berman and Ben Waisbren.

Opening across the Philippines on September 21, 2016, “The Magnificent Seven” is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.