In reporting Tom Cruise‘s intention to star in an MGM remake of John SturgesThe Magnificent Seven (which was a remake of Akira Kuroswawa‘s The Seven Samurai), Variety‘s Jeff Snieder didn’t indicate whom Cruise would pay, but it would almost certainly be the Yul Brynner role — i.e., Chris. Or, you know, the Toshiro Mifune…whatever.

“No director onboard yet,” “the project is still a long ways off and is not in Cruise’s immediate plans,” “MGM has quietly started its search for a writer,” etc.