With upcoming remakes from its extensive back catalogue, including Robocop and Carrie in production, MGM studios plans to resurrect another classic: John Sturges’ 1960 western The Magnificent Seven.

For anyone who hasn’t watched television on a rainy public holiday in the last few decades, it’s a story about seven gunmen hired to protect a small agricultural village in Mexico from ruthless bandits led by Eli Wallach’s Calvera. Tom Cruise has been attached to lead and fill Yul Brynner’s spur jangling boots but who will join him in completing one of the most famous line ups in cinema history? My potential gunslingers are ones I thought could fill (or attempt to anyway) the boots of the original cast, work well together and be as cool as the proverbial cucumber…


7. Chico – Gael Garcia Bernal

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Horst Buchholz played the inexperienced Mexican hothead Chico who desperately wants to join the seven. For the remake I think they should cast a South American actor (Buchholz was German) and if you need a South American actor with youth, looks and talent you could do worse than Gael Garcia Bernal.

It may also mean he’s too busy to make any more of those razorblade adverts so everyone is a winner…for this reason only you could also consider Adrian Brody…and Andre 3000.

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This article was first posted on February 12, 2013