The Equalizer 3: Release date, trailer, cast, plot & more

Cameron Frew
Denzel Washington in The Equalizer 3Sony Pictures

The Equalizer 3, the final chapter in Denzel Washington’s trilogy, is nearly here – so, here’s everything we know, from its release date and trailer to cast, plot, and more.

No matter what, there’s always room at the cinema for Denzel Washington tearing through bad guys, whether he’s shoving a bomb up a man’s butt in Man on Fire, shooting his rivals in the face in broad daylight in American Gangster, or protecting The Book of Eli.

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In 2014, he made his brutal debut as Robert McCall in The Equalizer, a no-holds-barred action banger that spawned a sequel, both of which earned decent reviews and weighty box office returns.

This year, Washington returns in The Equalizer 3, so here’s everything we know so far, from its release date and trailer details to cast, plot, and more.

The Equalizer 3 release date: When is it coming out?

The Equalizer 3 is set for release on September 1, 2023, a whole five years after the first sequel. It will hit UK cinemas one day earlier on August 30.

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You can check out the first poster for the movie below:

Shortly after the release of the second movie, director Antoine Fuqua confirmed plans to continue the series.

He told CinemaBlend: “Personally, I’d love for it to happen. I mean the audience has spoken, so hopefully it’ll continue to do well in its life.

“Sony has brought it up and talked about it. It would be great to do it again. It would be great to do it again with Denzel. I’m looking forward to The Equalizer 3 if that happens.”

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Washington confirmed the movie was scheduled to start shooting in 2022, with Emancipation cinematographer Robert Richardson serving as DP. Production wrapped this month in Rome.

Is The Equalizer 3 trailer out?

The trailer for The Equalizer 3 was released on April 25, 2023, and you can watch it below:

You can also check out a short clip – in which Washington’s badass twists a guy’s hand into the most painful position of his life – below:

The Equalizer 3 cast: Who’s in it?

Denzel Washington will return as Robert McCall in The Equalizer 3. He’ll also reunite with his Man on Fire co-star Dakota Fanning, who will appear in an undisclosed role.

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Other members of The Equalizer 3 cast include:

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  • Sonia Ben Ammar
  • Remo Girone
  • Andrea Dodero
  • Eugenio Mastrandrea
  • Andrea Scarduzio
  • Salvatore Ruocco
  • Daniele Perrone
  • Gaia Scodellaro

In March 2022, Washington spoke to Collider about getting back into action star shape for the threequel. “They have written the third Equalizer, so I’m scheduled to do that,” he said.

“So I gotta get in shape and start beating people up again. I get to beat people up again. The Tragedy of Macbeth and then going and beating some people up. Can’t get any better, right?”

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During an appearance on The Beard And The Bald Movie Podcast, Fuqua spoke about how the idea to cast Fanning came about. “I think I was talking to Denzel, we were on the phone just talking about [The Equalizer 3] and Man on Fire came up, talking about [late director Tony Scott],” he said.

“We had talked about how his birthday was coming, I believe, and Dakota came up and I was like, ‘How old is Dakota now?’ And we were like, ‘Oh yeah, she’s about the right age,’ and I said, ‘That would be cool to bring her back.’

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“So, that’s how it sort of happened and then I met with her and I loved her as soon as I walked in the room and met her. I mean, she’s a great actress, but you meet people… she’s just like, she’s incredible.”

During a recent appearance at CinemaCon, Fanning spoke about reuniting with Washington. “I am just so exited to be here and to be a part of this film. Getting to work with Denzel once is a dream come true and twice is… I don’t even know. [I’m] so blessed to be a part of this, and excited for you to see a sneak peek,” she said.

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The Equalizer 3 plot: What’s it about?

The official synopsis reads: “Since giving up his life as a government assassin, Robert McCall has struggled to reconcile the horrific things he’s done in the past and finds a strange solace in serving justice on behalf of the oppressed. Finding himself surprisingly at home in Southern Italy, he discovers his new friends are under the control of local crime bosses. As events turn deadly, McCall knows what he has to do: become his friends’ protector by taking on the mafia.

You can also watch a recap of the first two movies below:

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Fuqua earlier told CinemaBlend: “I would love for it to take place internationally, I think Denzel would be a great James Bond-type character. [Denzel and I] talk about a lot of different things.

“I’ve got some things I’m developing and roles I’d like him to play. Normally, that’s how it works with him. I’m dreaming him up as a cowboy or something and then I’ve got to go pitch it.”

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That’s everything we know about The Equalizer 3. In the meantime, check out our other upcoming TV and movie hubs below:

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Cameron is Deputy TV and Movies Editor at Dexerto. He's an action movie aficionado, '80s obsessive, Oscars enthusiast, and a staunch Scot. He earned a First-Class Honours Degree in Multimedia Journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University, accredited by the NCTJ and BJTC. He began his career at UNILAD, starting as a Junior Journalist and becoming Entertainment Editor prior to joining Dexerto. You can contact him at cameron.frew@dexerto.com.