There are few projects that have gone through as many different directions and incarnations then the attempt to bring Michael Sloan’s popular ’80s crime show The Equalizer, starring the late Edward Woodward, to the big screen, but it’s finally coming together as a Training Day reunion between Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua, to be distributed by Sony Pictures.
Deadline has added a new piece to the puzzle and it might be a surprising one as they’re reporting that Chloë Moretz, the bad-ass Hit Girl from Kick-Ass and the upcoming remake of Carrie, has scored the co-lead in the film opposite Denzel, playing a young prostitute named Teri, a role written for a slightly older actress. Comparisons are already being made of the relationship between Washington’s Robert McCall and Moretz’s character to that of Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver. Moretz had a “chemistry read” with Washington that impressed the Oscar-winning actor.
At the same time, the creator of the original show, Michael Sloan, has signed a deal to write a new novel about the mysterious former covert operative Robert McCall for Thomas Dunne Books to be published sometime in early 2014.
The Equalizer is currently scheduled for release on April 11, 2014.
EXCLUSIVE: Juliette Binoche and Mia Wasikowska are close to getting a new co-star in Sils Maria. Chloe Moretz is in negotiations to join the Olivier Assayas-directed film. The Carrie reboot actress would play the character of JoAnn in the film. The character is an actress who becomes the obsession of the actress played by Binoche after JoAnn takes on a role that made the older woman famous when she was young. As Deadline’s Mike Fleming exclusively reported yesterday, IFC picked up the domestic rights to Sils Maria on Monday. With the new Carrie this fall and a return to her Hit-Girl role in Kick-Ass 2 this summer, Moretz has also had a busy casting month. As Deadline broke in late March, Moretz is in talks, along with Anne Hathaway and Sam Rockwell, for the Lynn Shelton-directed comedy Laggies. As well, as I reported on April 1, the actress is set to join Charlize Theron in the mystery film Dark Places. Moretz is repped by WME and 3 Arts.