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Rupert Wyatt is in talks to direct Denzel Washington in The Equalizer.

The new adaptation of the 1980s crime series will star Washington in the role made famous by Edward Woodward, playing a mysterious former covert ops officer who devotes himself to fighting injustice and helping the victimised.

Deadline reports that Wyatt is currently in early talks for the project, and is also attached to direct Nicholas Hoult in an upcoming film version of Sebastian Faulks's Birdsong.

It was reported last year that Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) was in line to direct The Equalizer, but negotiations stalled at a late stage and he dropped out of the running.

The remake is set to begin filming in May, from a script written by Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2).

Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Wyatt stepped down from directing that film's sequel last year, supposedly over concerns that »


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