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Don't mess with this guy. We're due for a trailer sometime by the end of the year, until then this will have to hold us over. Columbia Pictures has debuted the first look at Denzel Washington in Antoine Fuqua's The Equalizer, adapted from the 80's CBS show. The project has been in development for years and was finally filmed in and around Boston, Ma earlier this year. Two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington plays Robert McCall, a veteran covert operative who, seeking redemption, quits the his agency and puts a classified ad in the newspaper that reads simply: "Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer." Nice gun, McCall. Here's the first look at Antoine Fuqua's The Equalizer, tipped by RopeofSilicon. Stay tuned to see the trailer. The Equalizer was originally a CBS show from the 80's that followed an operative with a mysterious past who once worked »
- Alex Billington
Today we get our first look at Denzel Washington in director Antoine Fuqua’s upcoming film, The Equalizer. Originally set to be directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, the upcoming crime thriller, which is based on the 80s TV show of the same name, reunites Washington with his Training Day director in a film that is already sounding very promising.
The always reliable actor, who is currently coming off a very, very hot streak, will step into the role of Robert McCall, “a retired covert operative who, seeking redemption for his dark deeds, quits a CIA-like agency and puts an advertisement in the paper that reads simply: Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer.”
Seeing as The Equalizer wrapped production this past summer, the image released today is likely just the first piece of an upcoming marketing campaign. It doesn’t give us much to go on, but then again, »
- Matt Joseph
The first photo is out of Denzel Washington in Antoine Fuqua’s "The Equalizer". A feature film reimagination of the classic 1980s TV series starring Edward Woodward, Washington plays ex-covert operative Robert McCall who offers his services in order to atone for his past sins.
The film was shot over the Summer and also stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Melissa Leo, Haley Bennett, Marton Csokas, Johnny Messner, Vladimir Kulich, and Robert Wahlberg. A September 26th 2014 U.S. release is set.
- Garth Franklin
Columbia Pictures has released the first look at Denzel Washington as he reteams with his Training Day director, Antoine Fuqua (Olympus Has Fallen), in The Equalizer, which is loosely based on the late-'80s TV series centered on a private detective available for hire for problems you just don't know how to solve. Washington plays what has been described as a solitary, monastic figure who hates injustice and devotes himself to helping people who are being victimized. With a no-nonsense attitude, compassion and experience with dealing with a wide variety of situations he's a powerful and useful detective. The film doesn't hit theaters until September 26, 2014 and co-stars include Chloe Grace Moretz, Marton Csokas, Haley Bennett, Johnny Messner and Robert Wahlberg. This film has had something of a rough path to production with both Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) and Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) dropping off the picture. »
- Brad Brevet
Wrapping production over the summer, we’ve been waiting for the first official look at Washington, and now it’s landed online.
Based on the 1980s TV series of the same name, the film sees Washington take on the role first played by Edward Woodward, starring as an ex-covert operative who offers his services in order to atone for his past sins.
Fuqua is directing from a script penned by Richard Wenk (The Mechanic, The Expendables 2), with Washington himself producing alongside Todd Black and Jason Blumenthal (Seven Pounds, The Pursuit of Happyness).
The film has been in development for years, »
- Kenji Lloyd
In the current era of The Avengers and Batman Vs. Superman, it’s impossible to be a fan of the comic-book genre and not have a well-considered argument to the question, “Who’s the Most Powerful Superhero?” Superman, of course, is the most obvious answer in any superpower battle-royale debate, but there are strong and more interesting claims to be made for the others, too. (Except Hawkeye. Sorry, guy.)
In Hollywood offices, there are similar conversations going on all the time about their own legion of superheroes, those famous actors and actresses who can open a movie in New York, »
- Jeff Labrecque
In partnership with Ron Howard and camera manufacturer Canon for their Project Imaginat10n initiative, Jamie Foxx has stepped behind the camera to show off his skills as a director. Taking inspiration from 10 contest-winning photographs, Foxx worked with writer Allan Loeb (Rock of Ages) to cobble together ...And She Was My Eve, a science fiction romance that's trippier than any of Foxx's screen work. “I've watched over the shoulder of some of the best directors in the world,” Foxx tells MTV. “Quentin Tarantino, Oliver Stone, Antoine Fuqua, Taylor Hackford. A lot of those shots that I used in my
- Matt Patches
The last time any word got out about Don Cheadle and his non-conventional Miles Davis biopic – which he once described as a “gangster pic” – the film lacked studio backing, didn’t have a title, and had Cheadle positioned to star with Antoine Fuqua sitting in the director’s chair. What a difference a year can make; as of today, the film has been newly minted as Kill the Trumpet Player and also has a home with recently-formed production company BiFrost Pictures, as well as two additional cast members and a different filmmaker at the helm.
Between each of these developments, it’s the last that’s most eye-catching: Fuqua has ...
- Andrew Crump
Following the surprising success of the critically acclaimed crime-thriller Prisoners, Jake Gyllenhaal looks set to follow it up with another gritty drama Southpaw. The long-gestating project has struggled on its way to the big-screen after being in development since 2010, with sulky superstar rapper Eminem set for the lead despite his only previous big-screen experience being semi-autobiograhical drama 8 Mile. The Donnie Darko actor is currently said to be in final negotiations.
Training Day and Olympus Has Fallen director Antoine Fuqua is still attached to direct and is hoping to begin shooting early next year. Once work is completed on his reboot of cult series The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington. The plot will see Gyllenhaal as a left-handed fighter who wins a major title in the sport. Suffering a tragedy shortly afterwards, his life spirals out of control but finds he must piece it back together before hitting rock bottom and losing his young daughter. »
- Craig Hunter
Though the project has been on the mat more than once, boxing drama Southpaw is following Chumbawumba's advice by getting knocked down, but getting up again. The Wrap reports that Jake Gyllenhaal is now in talks to star.Olympus Has Fallen director Antoine Fuqua is still attached to direct the film, which, if he actually signs on to star, will see Gyllenhaal as a left-handed pugilist who wins a big title, but suffers a tragedy shortly afterwards. With his life in tatters, he must piece everything back together to earn the respect of his young daughter.Eminem was originally going to star when the film was first announced back in 2010, but has dropped off along the way. DreamWorks originally set the project up and hired Sons Of Anarchy showrunner Kurt Sutter to bash out a script, and then shoved it into turnaround. MGM stepped in to snatch it, intending to »
Via: The Wrap
Jake Gyllenhaal is in talks to star in the boxing drama Southpaw, which is set to be directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day). The script for the film was written by Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, and Eminem was previously attached to star in the film.
Gyllenhaal will play "a welterweight boxer who fights his way to the title, only to see his world collapse after tragedy strikes." The film will follow the character as he "fights to reclaim his past glory and win back the affection of his young daughter."
The actor has had a run of really great films, such as End of Watch and Prisoners, and this sounds like it would be another solid movie for him to be a part of. He also plays dual roles in an upcoming film called Enemy, and he's attached to star in Baltasar Kormakur’s Everest »
- Joey Paur
The Prisoners actor is in line to replace rapper Eminem, who was originally cast in the film, reports Variety.
Southpaw centres around a left-handed prizefighter, who suffers a tragedy after winning a title and is forced to put his life back together to earn the respect of his young daughter.
Gyllenhaal recently revealed that he auditioned to play Frodo in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings.
"I remember auditioning for The Lord of the Rings, and going in and not being told that I needed a British accent," he said.
"I had like one line, like 'Oh, the Ring!' or something, and I remember having to »
• Jake Gyllenhaal, who has been widely praised for his recent performance in Prisoners, is in talks to team up with Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) for the boxing pic Southpaw. Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter was hired to write the script, which tells the story of a disgraced title-winning fighter who tries to rehabilitate his image for the sake of his daughter. Eminem was attached to the role at one point. [The Wrap]
- Lindsey Bahr
Jake Gyllenhaal has played a detective (multiple times), a gay cowboy, a Jarhead and the kid stuck in a plastic bubble. One role he.s yet to play, however, is a boxer, - though that.s about to change. The Prisoners star reportedly is in talks to replace rap star Eminem in Antoine Fuqua.s Southpaw, according to The Wrap. Gyllenhaal, if he gets the role, will play "a left-handed prizefighter who wins a title but suffers a tragedy soon after and must put his life back together to earn the respect of his young daughter." Instead of being a straight-up boxing movie, Fuqua tells the Los Angeles Times that "the heart of the movie is about a man learning to be a father." Which is fine, because down-on-their-luck boxing dramas are a dime a dozen. That particular brand of story has been done before . and done Very well . in »
Eminem was originally attached to star but fell out when the film couldn’t get up and running.
The story follows a left-handed prizefighter who wins a title but suffers a tragedy soon after and must put his life back together to earn the respect of his young daughter.
TheWrap first reported the news.
- Justin Kroll
Over the course of its development, the boxing drama Southpaw has become just about as much of an underdog as the fighter who serves as its main character. What started out as a sports drama that was supposed to star Eminem and be tied closely to his experiences coming up in the rap world has now slipped through the hands of several studios and lost its original star, but still seems to be fighting to earn the right to go in front of cameras and become a real life feature film. And probably with good reason, because it was put together by a couple of talented people. From the very beginning this film was going to be helmed by Training Day and Olympus Has Fallen director Antoine Fuqua, and back when it was in development at DreamWorks it got a script that was penned by Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, so »
- Nathan Adams
The story centers on a boxer who wins the welterweight title and then suffers a tragedy, forcing him to put his life back together to earn his young daughter's respect. The project first came together at DreamWorks, before moving to Sony, MGM and, eventually The Weinstein Company.
Antoine Fuqua is directing from a screenplay by Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, with Alan Riche and Peter Riche set to produce. While the film is set in the boxing world, director Antoine Fuqua recently said the film is about a man learning to become a father. Production is slated to begin sometime next year.
Southpaw is »
We’ve got a number of casting announcements to attend to this afternoon. Briefly: Jake Gyllenhaal is poised to take over the role previously held by Eminem in the long-gestating boxing drama Southpaw. Christopher Walken will play jazz opposite Lenny Kravitz in the upcoming musician drama Little Rootie Tootie. Minnie Driver and Frank Grillo (The Grey) are set to topline the indie thriller A Conspiracy on Jekyll Island alongside Dianna Agron (Glee), John Leguizamo, Maggie Q, and more. Director Matthew Vaughn has added a femme fatale to his graphic novel adaptation The Secret Service in model Sofia Boutella. Hit the jump for more details on the aforementioned projects. First up, it appears the long-in-the-works boxing drama Southpaw is finally getting off the ground. The Wrap reports that Jake Gyllenhaal is currently in negotiations to lead the film in a role that was previously filled by Eminem. The story revolves around »
- Adam Chitwood
Originally setup at DreamWorks, then MGM, and now TWC, Eminem was attached to star in the project several years ago.
Gyllenhall will play a left-handed welterweight champ who punches his way back to glory after a tragedy, and to earn the respect of his young daughter.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
For those who don't know, there's a great story going around from Jake Gyllenhaal himself about how he bombed an audition to play Frodo Baggins in Lord of the Rings. But obviously, one failed audition hasn't crippled his career, and Gyllenhaal is doing just fine, especially with this year's performance in the thrilling drama Prisoners. Now the actor has lined up the lead role in a long gestating project as The Wrap reports Gyllenhaal will star in Southpaw, the boxing drama from director Antoine Fuqua and "Sons of Anarchy" creator Kurt Sutter that rapper Eminem was circling as a potential follow-up to his acting debut in 8 Mile. As the title indicates, Gyllenhaal will play a left-handed, fast-rising, welterweight boxer who brawls his way to the title, only to see his world crash down around him due to tragedy and he must fight to win back his life for his young daughter. »
- Ethan Anderton
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