Sony released the first trailer for the upcoming action sequel, The Equalizer 2, which continues Denzel Washington’s Robert McCall continuing his determination to serve unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed. This time around though, things look personal.
The Equalizer 2 finds Washington resuming the role of Robert McCall, a former CIA black-ops operative turned justice-seeking vigilante in Boston. The trailer includes a telling exchange between McCall and his old cohort played by Melissa Leo. “I thought you were retired,” he says, to which she responds, “Oh, I am, just like you’re dead.” The sequel also co-stars Moonlight breakout Ashton Sanders, Bill Pullman, and Pedro Pascal.
Check out the first trailer for The Equalizer 2 below:
Sony also released an international trailer that features a completely different setup than the Turkish train sequence.
Check it out below:
The first movie centered on Denzel Washington’s Robert McCall, a retired special agent who is trying to leave his former life behind who dedicates himself to creating a quiet new life. However, when he meets a teenager who has been manhandled by violent Russian mobsters, he simply cannot walk away and puts his set of formidable skills to use.
Although it by no means broke new ground in the action genre, it was a brutally efficient romp that actually took on character development. You spent enough time with the characters that you were truly concerned and sometimes awed by the violence and obstacles that befell them.
The Equalizer 2 sees director Antoine Fuqua back at the helm as well. This also marks the first time that the filmmaker has made a sequel in his career and the latest film to bring him back together with Denzel after their remake of The Magnificent Seven. The sequel is written by Richard Wenk, based on the old television series created by Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim.
Back when the first Equalizer film came out in 2014, director Antoine Fuqua weighed-in on a possible sequel:
“The audience will decide [if we make a sequel]. If Denzel wants to do another one, I’m there. It’s such an interesting character. It could be more international. This is a guy who could work in Home Mart one day, or go blend in while living in Italy. There’s room for development and evolution.”
Check out the teaser poster for the film as well.
The Equalizer 2 opens July 20, 2018.