The 41st Toronto International Film Festival got underway Thursday with Antoine Fuqua’s remake of “The Magnificent Seven,” an old-school Western with more modern faces.
The film’s Thursday night premiere kicked off North America’s largest film festival, which is set to unspool some 300 films over the next 10 days. On tap are premieres of many of the fall’s top films, including the Los Angeles musical “La La Land,” the oil rig explosion docudrama “Deepwater Horizon” and Oliver Stone’s “Snowden.”
“The Magnificent Seven,” starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, is a remake of the John Sturges’ 1960 Western, which itself was a remake of Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai.” For Fuqua, who grew up loving Westerns, it was important for him to cast a diverse group of actors to welcome moviegoers to a genre not known for inclusiveness.
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