Denzel Washington is reuniting with his Man on Fire co-star Dakota Fanning, nearly 20 years since their hit action thriller was released, for The Equalizer 3.
Washington is also re-teaming with longtime director collaborater, Antoine Fuqua who is returning to direct The Equalizer 3 for Sony Pictures.
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With no plot details given, we know it is written by Richard Wenk. The film is being produced by Escape Artists’ Academy Award nominee Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch and Washington. The film will be released in theaters on September 1, 2023.
Earlier this year, while promoting, The Tragedy of Macbeth, Washington told Collider about Equalizer, saying:
“They have written the third Equalizer, so I’m scheduled to do that. So I gotta get in shape and start beating people up again. I get to beat people up again. The tragedy of Macbeth and then going and beating some people up. Can’t get any better, right?”
Washington also confirmed with BlackfilmandTV production for the Equalizer 3 will start sometime in 2022.
And while plot details on the third film are non-existent when Collider spoke to Fuqua in 2018, he said he’d love to take Robert McCall overseas. “In my mind, there’s a European adventure, absolutely. In my mind, that’s what I’d like, to see him in Europe, in the future. God willing.”
Loosely based on the 1980s thriller show starring Edward Woodward, The Equalizer premiered in 2014 and saw Washington take on the role of Robert McCall, a former Marine who cuts a violent path through the Russian mafia to protect a teenage prostitute, Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz). A follow-up debuted four years later–the first sequel for both Washington and Fuqua—which sees Washington’s lead character seeking revenge for the murder of a close friend, Susan Plummer (Melissa Leo).
Both installments were released by Sony Pictures and have generated a combined $382M at the box office worldwide.
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This upcoming matchup will be the fifth time Fuqua and Washington worked together. The duo also worked on the remake of The Magnificent Seven in 2016 and Training Day in 2001.
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