Queen Latifah Is ‘The Equalizer’ In CBS’ Reboot Series

One of the many things to love about Queen Latifah is that she’s tough. Even stretching back to her rap days she always projected this confident “I’ll whoop your ass” attitude. I’d wager to say she’d beat up everybody in the Native Tongue. But is she Equalizer tough? Can she compare to the likes of Edward Woodward and Denzel Washington? We’re about to find out.

Variety reports Queen Latifah will star as The Equalizer in a new series coming to CBS. As with previous iterations of the show, Latifah will play a mysterious badass with a penchant for helping people in their time of need. Most people nowadays know it for the two blockbuster films starring Denzel Washington, which seriously upped the violence to a new level. The Woodward version of the 1980s leaned a bit heavier on his covert skills.

Latifah is joined by Chris Noth, Lorraine Toussaint, Tory Kittles, Liza Lapira and Laya DeLeon Hayes, with Liz Friedlander (Take the Lead) directing the pilot.

This being on CBS, the crime procedural network, I expect it won’t be long before this looks like just another CSI and NCIS, knockoff. Are those shows still on? If so, The Equalizer will probably crossover with them at some point.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.