The Equalizer sequel was officially confirmed back in 2015, following the success of The Equalizer (2014): a film that was itself based on the 1980s television series of the same name, starring English actor Edward Woodward as the titular character. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, the film version stars Denzel Washington as Robert "Bob" McCall, a mysterious man with a dark past working at a hardware stare who chooses to use his deadly skills to extract vengeance on gangsters who harm the innocent. Released in September of 2014 and produced on a $73 million budget, the film grossed an impressive $192.3 million at the worldwide box office.
Variety reports that Pedro Pascal has joined the Equalizer 2 cast as a villain, though details of his role have yet to be revealed. Pascal has appeared in such TV shows as Game of Thrones, The Mentalist and Graceland in the past and is currently a regular on the Netflix series Narcos. The actor also appeared in the film The Great Wall earlier this year (starring Matt Damon) and will play the role of secret agent Jack Daniels in next month's sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
Fuqua is set to return as director for The Equalizer 2, with Washington also returning to star as Bob McCall. The plot for the film is currently unknown. In the first movie, McCall had to help a young prostitute (Chloe Grace Moretz) who was beaten up by her pimp. McCall's interference put him at odds with Russian Mafia boss Vladimir Pushkin (Vladimir Kulich), who made arrangements to try and have McCall killed thereafter. It's unclear yet if Pascal will play a role similar to Kulich's, or if he will play a henchman or a hitman, similar to Marton Csokas' character in the first Equalizer.
Though The Equalizer was based on a television series, it's unlikely that the source material will be able to give fans any clues of what to expect in the movie sequel. The Equalizer 2 is also noteworthy for being the first time in which Washington will appear in a sequel to one of his previous starring vehicles, with the Oscar-winner having typically avoided franchise fare in the past.
- The Equalizer 2 (2018) release date: Jul 20, 2018