It looks like Tom Cruise wants to be a gunslinger.
The "Mission: Impossible" star is loading his six-shooter and riding into the sunset of the remake of "The Magnificent Seven," according to Variety.
The original "The Magnificent Seven" (1960) took the basic premise of Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" and reworked it as a western, in which a group of mercenaries are hired by the citizens of a Mexican village to protect them from bandits. The film definitely had "true grit" — and star power galore, provided by an amazing cast that includes Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Eli Wallach, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter and James Coburn.
A remake of "The Magnificent Seven" has been mulled over by several different studios over the years but has never quite come together despite the A-list ensemble such a film could command. This current incarnation is being set up at MGM, with Cruise set to appear in his first western since his uncredited cameo in "Young Guns" (watch it again sometime and see if you can spot him!).
There's no director or writer attached to the project yet, and it's probably not something that will come together anytime too soon as Cruise, who's back on top in Hollywood after the success of "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," has a pretty full slate lined up, including "All You Need is Kill," "Van Helsing," "A Star is Born," "Top Gun 2" and "Mission: Impossible 5." Stay tuned to see just how quickly this "Seven" can assemble itself.
Tom Cruise will next be seen in "Rock of Ages," opening June 15, and in "One Shot," opening Dec. 21.