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Nicolas Winding Refn to direct Denzel Washington in The Equalizer

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Story by Jack Foley

NICOLAS Winding Refn has won the race to direct Sony’s big-screen remake of 1980s TV series The Equalizer.

Denzel Washington has already been locked down to play the leading role originally made famous by Edward Woodward in the television series.

He will play Robert McCall, a ex-covert operative who decides to try and seek some form of redemption for the dark deeds of his past by quitting a CIA-style agency and putting a classified advertisement in the paper that reads: “Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer.”

The TV show ran from 1985 to 1989 on CBS and was a massive hit.

Refn became one of Hollywood’s hottest properties following the acclaim surrounding his Ryan Gosling thriller Drive, for which he also won top directing honors at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

He has recently completed Only God Forgives with Gosling.

Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2) has penned the screenplay for The Equalizer while Washington is among the film’s producers.

Shooting is due to commence in late spring with a view to having the film ready for release on April 11, 2014, in the US.

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