Now here's a role that Denzel Washington can play with relative ease. Deadline is reporting that Denzel Washington has been cast to play the role made famous by Edward Woodward on television in THE EQUALIZER. Sony really liked the script by Richard Wenk, and fasttracked the project to make sure Washington stayed on board, as the former special operations man who decides to help out the desperate who need justice.
Sony's throwing around some names as possible directors as well, including Nicolas Winding Refn and Gareth Evans. While those two are likely to be fairly busy in the next few months, it does give an idea of the movie that Sony's going for - stylistic, gritty, but probably most importantly, inexpensive. Other names being mentioned are Pierre Morel and Gavin O'Connor.
The role seems perfectly tailored to Denzel Washington, and imagining the possibilities of Washington in a Refn or Evans movie make me very curious indeed, even if those two are unlikely candidates for the director's slot. Shooting will begin next April.