Tom Cruise departs Magnificent Seven remake

MGM’s proposed remake of The Magnificent Seven is undergoing some major restructuring, with Tom Cruise dropping out of the leading role.

Cruise’s departure leaves the project back at square one on the casting front, with no other names attached at present.

The film will also be undergoing some significant rewrites, with the studio having enlisted John Lee Hancock to polish up the existing script written by Nic Pizzolatto.

Hancock recently directed Saving Mr. Banks , although whether MGM have offered him the chance to direct this project as part of the re-writing arrangement remains to be seen.

In the meantime, MGM will be on the hunt for another A-list leading man. Brad Pitt can probably expect a call…