We already knew that Denzel Washington was returning to play revenge-seeking ex-Marine Robert McCall in a third movie in The Equalizer franchise, but according to Deadline, the third film has now cast Dakota Fanning in a supporting role, which will see her and Washington reteam for the first time since Tony Scott‘s classic 2004 revenge film, Man On Fire.
The first Equalizer movie saw Robert protecting a teenage prostitute from brutal members of the Russian mafia, while the second saw him seeking revenge on the people who murdered his friend. The first was based on the 1980s CBS hit series of the same name, and both films turned out to be box office hits, each bringing in over $190 million globally.
This installment sees Antoine Fuqua, who helmed both movies, returning to direct from a script again penned by Richard Wenk. There’s very little word regarding the plot for this one.
Even without many details about the film, it will be great to see Washington and Fanning collaborate again almost twenty years later. Man On Fire saw Washington play an alcoholic bodyguard hired to protect Fanning, but who goes on a nasty revenge trail after she is kidnapped.
Washington clearly has an affinity for the Equalizer franchise, as prior to The Equalizer 2 he had never made a sequel to one of his movies before. The franchise has also spun off into a new TV series starring Queen Latifah, which was just picked up for a third and fourth season, so things are going well.
Washington was last seen on screen in Joel Coen‘s The Tragedy Of MacBeth, while he also recently directed drama A Journal For Jordan.
Fanning was recently seen portraying Susan Ford in FX anthology series The First Lady, and is currently filming the co-lead role alongside her sister Elle Fanning in Melanie Laurent‘s WWII drama The Nightingale.