It’s easy to get caught up in the summer blockbuster season. Giant comic book movies. More comic book movies. And a side of comic book movies…

Hey, nothing wrong with popcorn movies. But, what about a bit of counter-programming.? Sony Pictures and MGM have released the first images (USA Today) from the remake of The Magnificent Seven.

Telling the story of Rose Creek, a town under the control of Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the residents look to hire a band of seven outlaws, gamblers, hired guns and bounty hunters.

The film is a casting director’s dream. Here’s how the band of seven mercenaries breaks down: 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).

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magnificent seven first photos

Not enough for you? The remake also completes the hat trick of pairing Denzel Washington with director Antoine Fuqua. Previously, the two worked on Training Day and The Equalizer.

True Detective’s Nic Pizzolatto paired up with Richard Wenk (The Equalizer) to pen the screenplay. The rest of the cast is rounded out with Haley Bennett, Matt Bomer, Billy Slaughter and Vinnie Jones.

The Magnificent Seven

The film is a remake of the 1960 John Sturges film starring Steve McQueen, Yul Brynner, Charles Bronson, James Coburn and Robert Vaughn as the band of outlaws protecting a Mexican village from a group of bandits.

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Sturges grabbed inspiration from the 1954 classic Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa), a film that consistently ranks as one of the top films of all time across nearly every poll of film critics and cinephiles alike. Its influence spread well past The Magnificent Seven and is easily one of the more influential and referenced works in cinema.

The modern remake of The Magnificent Seven hits theaters September 23, 2016. With the first pictures out, a trailer can’t be far behind.

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