Denzel Washington Says ‘The Equalizer 3’ Is a Go

The Equalizer (Sony Pictures)

Denzel Washington is getting ready to equalize more villains in The Equalizer 3.

The Academy Award-winning actor confirmed he will return for a third installment of The Equalizer films while speaking with Collider about his current movie, The Tragedy of Macbeth.

“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,” Washington said in an article published Wednesday. 

The website added that Training Day director Antoine Fuqua is in talks to return to the franchise after helming the first two Equalizer films.

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Part three comes on the heels of 2018’s The Equalizer 2, which showed Washington reprising his role as one-man killing machine Robert McCall. The retired special-ops agent was spurred into action after his best friend former CIA boss Susan Plummer (Melissa Leo) was murdered by American bad guys. 

The film co-stared Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, and Bill Pullman. It was panned by critics yet made $190 million at the worldwide box office.

The Equalizer 2 was Washington’s first sequel of his career. The films are loosely based on the 1980s television series of the same name. The first film came out in 2014 and focused on McCall seeking justice for a teenage prostitute (Chloë Grace Moretz) under control of the Russian mafia. 

CBS currently airs The Equalizer as a series with a woman as the lead — Robyn McCall played by Queen Latifah.