Denzel Washington is to star in 'The Equalizer 2'.

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington

The 61-year-old actor is to reprise his role as Robert McCall in a follow up to the 2014 vigilante thriller - which was based on the 80s TV series of the same name - with shooting scheduled to start in September 2017.

The sequel has been confirmed by 'The Equalizer' producer Todd Black and he is now on the hunt for the film's villain.

Speaking to, Black said: "The script is done. We start shooting right after Labor Day, maybe right before Labor Day depending on Denzel's schedule. So 'Equalizer 2' will start shooting in September of next year, maybe earlier depending on another movie that we're shooting with Denzel before that. We're going to do a little bit more work and we're going to go into casting right after that for his nemesis."

Antoine Fuqua is set to return to direct the film with screenwriter Richard Wenk providing the script again.

Washington can currently be seen in western 'The Magnificent Seven' - a remake of the 1960 movie of the same name - which is also directed by Fuqua and co-written by Wenk and Nic Pizzolatto.