Ethan Hawke is clearly enjoying life in the Old West. The actor can currently be seen as the awesomely named sharpshooter Goodnight Robicheaux in the box-office winner The Magnificent Seven and has another Western on the way in a few weeks. In the upcoming thriller In a Valley of Violence, Hawke plays the drifter Paul, who turns up in the near-abandoned town of Denton with his dog, Abbie (critically acclaimed dog actor Jumpy).
The film became a box-office success, but more significantly earned a first acting Oscar nomination for Ethan Hawke and a first Best Actor win for Denzel Washington. The trio reteams in the new Western The Magnificent Seven, and Hawke says he had to go rogue to plan the reunion. Hawke and Washington had both worked with Fuqua separately in the decade-and-a-half since Training Day, the former in 2009’s Brooklyn’s Finest and the latter in 2014’s The Equalizer.
There’s a lot of star power in Antoine Fuqua’s new riff on the classic Western The Magnificent Seven, with an ensemble that includes Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, and Ethan Hawke. There’s also a lot of gunpowder as the titular band of cowboys coalesce to save a small town from a merciless madman (Peter Sarsgaard).