Antoine Fuqua returns to direct the third and final film in the action franchise, which is set in Italy.
Don’t mess with Denzel Washington.
The Oscar-winning actor is back as former CIA agent Robert McCall in ‘The Equalizer 3,’ directed by Antoine Fuqua. The third film in the franchise follows Robert (Washington) as he moves to Italy in hopes of forgetting his past. Of course, danger follows Robert everywhere, and the ex-assassin can’t really escape his killer instincts.
According to the film’s official synopsis, Robert McCall (Washington) has struggled to reconcile the horrible things he’s done in the past and finds strange solace in serving justice on behalf of the underdog. Finding himself surprisingly at home in southern Italy, he discovers that his new friends are under the control of local crime bosses. As events turn deadly, McCall knows what he must do: become his friends’ protector by taking on the mafia.
The film marks a “Man on Fire” reunion for Washington and co-star Dakota Fanning, who team up nearly 20 years after working together on the 2004 Tony Scott-directed action flick. The cast of “Equalizer 3 also includes Sonia Ben Ammar, Andrea Dodero, Remo Girone, Eugenio Mastrandrea, Daniele Perrone, Andrea Scarduzio and Gaia Scodellaro.
“The Equalizer” film franchise began in 2014, followed by a sequel in 2018. The films were inspired by the 1980s television series of the same name, and later spurred the revival of the CBS show starring Queen Latifah.
Director Fuqua addressed the cast of former child star Fanning in the film, saying during “The Beard and The Bald Movie Podcast” (via MovieWeb) that it was Washington’s idea to work with Fanning again. .
“I think I was talking to Denzel, we were on the phone just to talk about [‘The Equalizer 3’] and ‘Man on Fire’ appeared, talking about [late director Tony Scott] and we talked [his] birthday was approaching, I believe, and Dakota [Fanning] came over and I was, ‘How old is Dakota now?’ Fuqua said. “And we were like, ‘Oh yeah, she’s about the right age,’ and I was like, ‘It would be cool to bring her back.’ So that’s how it happened, and then I met her and I loved her as soon as I walked into the room and met her. She’s a great actress.”
“The Equalizer 3” opens in theaters Friday, September 1. Check out the trailer below.
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