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1989 was the last time people got to watch The Equalizer on their TV screens, and while it’s taken a while for this film version to become a reality, Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington are finally putting it together, and it has some potential to be an interesting flick. But Washington is usually only as powerful as his opposing force.
That force has been met, and his name is Marton Csokas (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring), according to The Hollywood Reporter. The New Zealander has been in tons of popular films over the past decade or so, though he’s usually kept to more generic roles. He’s currently filming Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and has both Darren Aronofsky’s Noah and Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For coming to theaters before Spider-Man. You can catch him now in Pawn and last year’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
For The Equalizer, Washington is playing Robert McCall in the role originally filled by Edward Woodward. He’s a retired intelligence officer living a quiet life working in a Home Depot when he offers his assistance to a troubled young prostitute, to be played by Chloe Moretz. What he doesn’t realize is that the act will lead him into battle with the Russian mob, for which Csokas will play a “vicious fixer.” Sounds like some bones are going to get broken in this one.
The Equalizer is set to start production this summer in Boston.