Denzel Washington will return for The Equalizer 2 in 2018, unleashing vicious vengeance on those who exploit the helpless.

News Joseph Baxter

Feb 13, 2018

Denzel Washington has tackled every kind of role over his storied Oscar-winning career. Yet, his starring role in director Antoine Fuqua’s 2014 actioner The Equalizer – a reboot of the 1985-1989 CBS TV show, which starred Edward Woodward – tapped into a special kind of justice kick that made it a crowd-pleaser as Washington’s ex-CIA operative Robert McCall unleashed hell on Earth for abusive, exploitative Russian mobsters. Antoine Fuqua, who directed the initial 2014 reboot film, returns to helm the sequel. He works off a script by Richard Wenk, who wrote the first movie and Fuqua’s 2016 The Magnificent Seven remake, as well as The Expendables 2 and 16 Blocks.

The Equalizer 2 Release Date

The Equalizer 2 just got another new release date. Previously scheduled for August 10, 2018, it has just moved up to July 20.

The Equalizer 2 Cast

Ashton Sanders joins The Equalizer 2 for a lead role, reports Deadline. Sanders’s character, while not yet named, will form a bond with Denzel Washington’s embattled on-call vigilante Robert McCall, who will become a father figure of sorts to the young man.

Sanders came into prominence playing the teenage version of protagonist Chiron in director Barry Jenkins’s Oscar-winning 2016 drama Moonlight. A relative newcomer, he also had a minor role in the 2015 smash NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton and a co-starring role in the 2013 Civil War drama The Retrieval, along with an appearance in the TV miniseries The Skinny. He’ll next be seen in director Rupert Wyatt’s 2018 sci-fi film Captive State, which will be set in the aftermath of an alien invasion of Chicago.

Melissa Leo and Bill Pullman will reprise their roles Susan and Brian Plummer in The Equalizer 2, reports Deadline. The characters, a married retired couple of ex-CIA operatives, first appeared in 2014’s The Equalizer in a supporting capacity, helping Denzel Washington’s McCall – a former CIA colleague of theirs – collect crucial intelligence on his ruthless Russian mobster quarry. However, details on the scope of their role in The Equalizer 2 are not yet known.

Leo rose atop the industry scene in 2011 with an underdog Best Supporting Actress Oscar win for her role in The Fighter, later seen in films such as Prisoners, Oblivion, Olympus Has Fallen (and its 2016 sequel) and Snowden, as well as a TV runs on Wayward Pines and I’m Dying Up Here.

Pullman may be best remembered as the president who fought off alien invaders in Independence Day (and its 2016 sequel), as well as films such as Lost Highway, Lake Placid, The Grudge and played Luke Skywalker/Han Solo hybrid Lone Starr in Mel Brooks’s classic parody film Spaceballs, with TV runs on The Sinner, 1600 Penn and Torchwood.

Pedro Pascal joins the cast of The Equalizer 2 to play its villain, reports Variety. While specifics, such as the name of Pascal’s antagonist character, have not been revealed, it’s not unreasonable to speculate that, should this sequel somewhat follow the template of the original, Pascal will probably play the leader of a new criminal organization who makes what will prove to be a fatal mistake in blipping the radar of Denzel Washington’s Robert McCall’s by picking on the wrong downtrodden person.

Pascal, an American actor, born in Chile, achieved prominence on the small screen, with notable runs on The Good Wife, Lights Out, Brothers & Sisters, Red Widow, Graceland and The Mentalist. However, his 2014 run on Game of Thrones Season 4 as the poetic, charismatic, hedonistic badass Oberyn Martell left an unforgettable impression on audiences (especially with the way he went out). His post-Thrones work includes a TV run on Narcos, a co-starring role in Sia’s “Fire Meet Gasoline” video and films such as The Great Wall and Bloodsucking Bastards. He’ll also be seen in September’s action sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle.