Denzel Washington Returns For Equalizer 3, Says He's Ready To 'Start Beating People Up Again'

Denzel Washington Returns For Equalizer 3, Says He's Ready To 'Start Beating People Up Again'

Washington returns for the third installment as Robert McCall, a former Marine who delivers vigilante justice.

Denzel Washington is returning for 'Equalizer 3' and it's official. Washington first stepped into the shoes of Robert McCall, a former Marine and vigilante, in 2014 before returning for the sequel in 2018. Washington was riveting as the brutal vigilante and we can't wait to see him in the latest installment of the franchise. The original movie was based on the 1980s TV show of the same name. While 'The Equalizer' received mixed reviews, the movie was a huge hit with the audiences and grossed more than $192 million worldwide. He confirmed the third installment during the promotions of 'The Tragedy of Macbeth,' the new Shakespeare adaptation from Joel Coen, reported CNN

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 17: Denzel Washington attends the premiere of Columbia Picture's "Equalizer 2" at TCL Chinese Theatre on July 17, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

When asked about his future projects, the academy-award-winning actor said, "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?" Antoine Fuqua directed both installments of the first two movies in the franchise and is expected to return for the third installment as well. Denzel Washington and Fuqua also worked together in 'Training Day.' Fuqua is currently trying to wrap up 'Emancipation' with Will Smith.


In the original Equalizer movie in 2014, McCall takes a violent approach to protect a teenage prostitute, Teri, played by Chloe Grace Moretz. McCall takes on the Russian mafia to protect the girl in a bloody action movie. It will be interesting to see who McCall will have to face off with, in the third installment, and the movie could be set in Europe if Fuqua helms the project. In an earlier interview with Collider, he mused about the third installment, "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."


Denzel Washington is currently being hailed for his performance in 'The Tragedy of Macbeth.' Washington won an Oscar for best actor for his performance in 'Training Day' and for supporting actor, for his performance in 'Glory.' He is the first actor to be nominated for, and to win an Oscar after the legendary Sidney Poitier who passed away last week. Washington tipped his hat to Poitier when he accepted his award for “Training Day.” Poitier was set to receive an honorary Academy Award. “Forty years, I’ve been chasing Sidney. They finally give it to me. What do they do? They give it to him the same night,” joked Washington, reported TODAY. “I’ll always be chasing you, Sidney. I’ll always be following in your footsteps. There’s nothing I would rather do, sir. Nothing I would rather do.”

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 08: (L-R) Actor Denzel Washington, Inspirational Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Sidney Poitier, and host Barbara Davis attend the 2016 Carousel Of Hope Ball at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 8, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

After Poitier's death last week, Washington paid tribute to the legend. “You know, we had a 40-some-odd-year relationship, so I’m still digesting all of that and he was the beacon. He was the one we all followed and it was an honor to be able to call him a friend,” said Washington of Poitier, reported NBC News.

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