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September 10, 2016 06:05 PM

The Venice Film Festival is riding off into the sunset tonight with a good ol’-fashioned rodeo.

Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and other Magnificent Seven cast members were joined by a couple of real-live horses on the red carpet Saturday night.

Pratt and Washington looked dashing in black tuxedoes, while the horses, one black and one brown, looked strapping in their custom-made Magnificent Seven saddles.

The film, which premiered Thursday at the Toronto International Film Festival, will be the last movie screened at Venice. Pratt, Washington and costar Ethan Hawke were on hand for the TIFF premiere, which kicked off without any livestock.

Director Antoine Fuqua, who also directed Washington and Hawke in Training Day, has been open about the role horses played in his casting decisions. “When I was in a room with MGM and Sony and the producers, we just talked about actors, and I just wanted to see Denzel Washington on a horse,” he admitted, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Washington also spoke about his equine-related motivations for taking on the role. “The opportunity to ride a horse? Wear all black? It was cool!” he told Entertainment Weekly. “You gotta cut to the chase now. You don’t get that many opportunities to do a Western.”

The film tells the story of a group of outlaws led by Washington and gathered by Pratt who band together to help defend an impoverished Mexican village. Vincent D’Onofrio, Peter Sarsgaard, and Matt Bomer also star.

Magnificent Seven is a remake of the 1960 John Sturges film of the same name, starring Steve McQueen, Yul Brynner and Eli Wallach, among others. And the 1960 version is an adaptation of the acclaimed Japanese film Seven Samurai.

The Magnificent Seven hits theaters Sept. 23.

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