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Kick-Ass star Chloe Grace Moretz will play the female lead in The Equalizer, the adaptation of the 1980s television series that reteams Training Day collaborators Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua.
According to Deadline, the role was originally envisioned for an actress in her 20s, but the 16-year-old Moretz so impressed the star and director during a chemistry reading with Washington that the part was rewritten. She’ll play a young prostitute “reminiscent of Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver.”
Washington has been attached to this remake of the ’80s CBS drama for a while now, but Fuqua only recently signed on to the project after Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) and Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) each bowed out. The property follows Robert McCall, a former intelligence officer who drives around the country offering his unique skill set to help those in need.
The Equalizer opens April 11, 2014.