Dakota Fanning and Denzel Washington are slated to appear together in Sony Pictures´ upcoming Equalizer 3, according to an exclusive report published by Deadline this week.
The new film, to be directed by Antoine Fuqua, is scheduled for release on September 1, 2023. This would be the third installment in The Equalizer series. While details on the plot are still secret, it’s known that the script will be written by Richard Wenk. The film is being produced by Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch in collaboration with Washington. The two earlier Equalizer films grossed more than $380 million worldwide, in total.
The Equalizer film franchise is loosely based on a CBS television series from the 1980s. The first installment in the series focused on the exploits of an ex-Marine named Robert McCall trying to shield an underage prostitute from exploitation by the Russian Mafia. In the second installment, McCall vowed revenge on the murderers of his close friend.
Fanning and Washington had last appeared together in Man on Fire, the 2004 thriller that helped propel Fanning to stardom. She played the role of nine-year-old rich kid Lupita Ramos in that production, while Washington played the role of an ex-CIA operative John Creasy, her bodyguard in Mexico City.
Fanning has been keeping busy in the years since blazing her trail in Man on Fire. Her film credits include Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood plus include Charlotte’s Web, Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat, I Am Sam, The Twilight Saga, Uptown Girls, and War of the Worlds. Fanning’s most recent appearance is opposite Michelle Pfeiffer in Showtime’s The First Lady, directed Susanne Bier. She just finished production another limited series for Showtime, Steve Zaillian’s adaptation of Ripley, opposite Andrew Scott. Before that, she appeared as Sarah Howard in the second season of The Alienist: Angel Of Darkness.