The Equalizer made its first run on CBS in the mid-1980s, running for four seasons with the late English actor Edward Woodward in the starring role. After a reboot via a pair of films, Queen Latifah will now star in the role for a CBS revival of the series next month.
Latifah, a veteran rapper and vocalist, has proven her acting chops for years, will star in The Equalizer as Robyn McCall, a divorced single mother with a mysterious past out for vengeance on the behalf of others while taking on her own enemies.
The original series ended its run in 1980, and Denzel Washington took up the mantle in a 2014 film reboot of the same name. A sequel to the film franchise was released in 2018.
The Equalizer has been in development since November 2019, with Latifah serving as one of the executive producers of the project via her Flavor Unit production company along with Davis Entertainment, Martin Chase Productions, CBS Television Studios, and Universal Television.
Although a pair of teasers and hints have since aired beginning last year, it appears fans are just getting wind of Queen Latifah’s latest starring role via the show’s Twitter account, with most saluting the move for being forward-thinking as it is.
However, a few disgruntled gents are scratching their heads despite the fact that Latifah has more than shown that she can handle a variety of roles with ease. Why these folks are suspending belief for a fictional character is beyond us but for the most part, folks are excited about Queen Latifah and her path in unleashing some hurt on the bad guys.
Check out the reactions below.
— The Equalizer (@TheEqualizerCBS) January 9, 2021
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Another Dad Pop Culture moment - explaining to Jack who Queen Latifah is and singing U-N-I-T-Y to him #parenting— Roger Clark (@RogerClark41) January 9, 2021
Queen Latifah has a new series on CBS coming. And it looks like she is the Equalizer now. pic.twitter.com/yYcxN5T0O9— Tim to the muthaf (@LosFreaklander) January 9, 2021
Okay Queen Latifah 👌🏽— bad news 👑 (@shonna_saidso) January 9, 2021
Tbh we could all use a little Queen Latifah in our lives— S Λ M (@ehimgood_) January 9, 2021
I saw Queen Latifah trending & I got sceard for second pic.twitter.com/MbPb46iGuf— midooooooali (@midoooooali) January 9, 2021
Queen Latifah’s new CBS show where she finds the bad guys and kicks butt “I’m the one you call when you can’t call 911”... is the silver lining in a bad 2021... of course, if Latifah had been defending the Capitol we would have had no mob insurrection this week: pic.twitter.com/WBwtqHsLJb— erik walker (@erikmwalker) January 9, 2021
Queen Latifah as a badass in The Equalizer new series?— Earper Named Heather (@hdcummins) January 9, 2021
Yes Please!!! pic.twitter.com/j59WUUtrcl
If Queen Latifah doesn't beat someone's ass on the first episode of "The Equalizer" while saying "Who you calling a bitch?" I will not support that show.— Varnel Hill (@d_weezy) January 9, 2021
HOLY SHIT.— Bells (@Clockwork_Bells) January 9, 2021
Queen Latifah is the new Equalizer?
FUCK YES! pic.twitter.com/23lGq0CQBU
As much as I love Queen Latifah....— 💥Redd Moff Gideon💥 (@iReddHerring) January 9, 2021
Does she have to be the new Equalizer??
They seriously rebooting The Equalizer with Queen Latifah? You're already making me suspend belief period, but you're really stretching it now.— Gulag Inmate #004 (@teamiwinmca) January 9, 2021