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.