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Denzel Washington Now Attached as 'The Equalizer' in Sony's Movie

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December 13, 2011
Source: Variety

Denzel Washington - The Equalizer

Some great casting news out of nowhere. In the latest Sony Pictures announcement (via ComingSoon) that they are extending its first look deal with production company Escape Artists, it was mentioned that one of the projects they are currently working on is The Equalizer, an adaptation of the 80's TV series. We've heard of the project before, as it had Paul Haggis writing at one point. But the report now mentions that Denzel Washington is attached to star with Richard Wenk (16 Blocks, The Mechanic, Expendables 2) on the script, and Variety has backed it up with confirmed casting that he's attached. Denzel is The Equalizer!

The Equalizer was a CBS show from the 80's that followed Robert McCall, an agent with a mysterious past who once worked for a top-secret agency where he did some pretty horrible things. The gritty and violent series follows his exploits as he decides to right wrongs against the persecuted by settling scores with their antagonists and assorted miscreants. Originally, Russell Crowe was going to star, but now it looks like they've changed direction entirely and setup with Washington instead. It states in the initial press release: "The project is being developed with Denzel Washington in mind to star and Alex Siskind is partnered with Escape Artists to produce." No director is named yet, so we'll have to keep watching on how this develops.

Escape Artists have numerous other projects in the works in addition to The Equalizer, even though this is one of the key ones mentioned. The others include Sex Tape, with Jason Segel, a Masters of the Universe movie, How To Disappear Completely based on the Swedish film Vitus, Great Hope Springs and a comedy called I Want to _ Your Sister, written by Melissa Stack. We'll keep you updated on as much of this we can.

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  • Bxs1968
    BAD. AWFUL. What are you thinking? Oh. YOU'RE NOT! Why not Pierce Brosnan or Timothy Dalton? denzel IS NOT AND NEVER WILL BE "THE EQUALIZER"
  • Csparker5150
    I like Denzel but he has already played this type of character in "Man On Fire".  I was hoping for an English actor to be honest.  Michael Fassbender would be my first choice.
  • Anonymous
    Where's the bitching about the race change?
    • Anonymous
      Don't worry, it will show up sooner or later.... And I'm cool with this.  Sure, Denzel isn't Edward Woodward, but he can do the action man thing quite well.  Let's see how things turn out.
      • Anonymous
         I like him too, and will probably see it as long as they keep Tony Scott away from it. Somebody needs to seperate those two...
    • rennmaxbeta
      "Listen to your friend. Ee knows what ee's talking about. But... he's black."
    • marerorist
      right here, this movie will be a sin against the original and can never ever be better, can't find an appropriate actor that really fits the part, then leave the equalizer alone.
  • GuestGhost
    Just attach Tony Scott as Director and it is like painting-by-numbers of film.
  • David Banner
    I vote Michael Caine for the role :)
  • Cherrygul_pie69
    Denzel Washington is gifted and talented to play any character he puts his brilliant mind to play. He is the BEST!
    • marerorist
      not for this situation, this movie will be a sin.

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