Denzel Washington teaming up with ‘Drive’ director for ‘The Equalizer’

Denzel Washington arrives at the premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'Flight' held at the ArcLight Cinemas on October 23, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Denzel Washington arrives at the premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'Flight' held at the ArcLight Cinemas on October 23, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Denzel Washington is linking up with one of the hottest directors in Hollywood for an upcoming action thriller based on a cult 80s TV series.

Nicolas Winding Refn, who helmed the acclaimed film Drive, has signed off for a big screen version of The Equalizer, with Washington in the lead.

According to Indie Wire, “The TV series was set in New York, and centered on a former secret agent (played by the late Edward Woodward) with a “mysterious past” who tries to atone for past sins by offering, free of charge, his services as an investigator, aided by a diverse group of other sometimes-mysterious contacts (some of whom date back to his spying days).”

Washington’s American Gangster co-star Russell Crowe was reportedly originally cast in the lead role and Set It Off director F. Gary Gray was originally attached to the project too.