Bad guys and organized crime bosses better watch out because there is a new queen in town and that queen's name is Queen Latifah. CBS has given the green light to a pilot of a reboot of the classic tv series "The Equalizer," according to Deadline. Queen Latifah will also be the executive producer of the new project.
The original series spawned two movies that starred Denzel Washington but now it is the Queen's turn to use a unique set of dangerous skills to protect those who cannot protect themselves.
Which Character Will She Play?
Queen Latifah will find herself playing a fixer that is highly skilled but lost when it comes to her life. She will come in contact with individuals who are being oppressed by crooked cops, overzealous crime bosses, and dirty politicians and the fixer is the only one who can make things right.
The new project will breath new life and give a fresh take on the character that was played by Edward Woodward in the original series and by Denzel in the movies.
The Original Series
"The Equalizer series ran for four seasons on CBS from 1985 to 1989 and stared Woodard as Robert McCall, a retired intelligence agent with a shadowy past. The retiree often went rouge to get his kind of justice for those caught in sticky situations.
In 2014, director Antoine Fuqua brought "The Equalizer" to the big screen with the help of Denzel as the leading man. Washington also starred as Robert McCall and the first film earned a worldwide total of $192.3 million at the box office. The success of the first film paved the way for the sequel, "The Equalizer 2" which was released in 2018.
Rumor has it that Universal Television has been on a mission to make a reboot for the past 4-5 years. The new project with Queen Latifah as the main character is the only one that got the go-ahead for a pilot.
The Queen Of The Sea
Her royal highness has been keeping very busy with numerous projects but her part in the live ABC production of "The Little Mermaid." She will star as Ursula and she will belt out her character's most famous tunes in front of millions of live viewers.
Last week, she shared a picture of herself dressed in the black, form-fitting dress with her white hair sticking straight up to promote the one-time event. "Ursula is an amazing character, and that song is no joke," Queen Latifah wrote in the caption of her post can’t wait to share what we’ve been working on."
She's Got New New Hardware
Queen Latifah received the W.E.B. Du Bois medal from Harvard University for her contributions to Black history and culture last month. The award is the school's highest honor for African and African American studies. The star took a moment when she reached the podium to admire the fact that Harvard has the Hutchins Center which celebrates Black culture at such a prestigious university but, in true Queen fashion, she kept it real. "We straight from the Bricks I mean, you know what I'm saying!" Latifah exclaimed to the cheering crowd.