Columbia Pictures is planning to finish this year out on a strong note. The studio has posted their end of the year film line-up, which begins this fall. Check out the images and synopses for “The Equalizer,” “Fury,” “Annie” and “The Interview.”
In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.
“The Equalizer” will open in theaters on September 26th. The film stars Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz, Marton Csokas, Dan Bilzerian, Bill Pullman, Haley Bennett, Melissa Leo, Johnny Messner, Vladimir, Kulich, Robert Wahlberg, David Harbour, David Meunier, Meredith Prunty, Allen Maldonado and Alex Veadov. Richard Wenk wrote the screenplay based on the television series of the same name created by Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheirn. Antoine Fuqua directs.
April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.
“Fury” is scheduled for an October 17th release. The film stars Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, Scott Eastwood, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs, Xavier Samuel, Michael Peña, Jim Parrack, Christina Ulfsparre, Kevin Vance, Brad William Henke, Eugenia Kuzmina, Anamaria Marinca and Branko Tomovic. The film is written and directed by David Ayers.
Opening on December 19th, the Broadway classic that has delighted audiences for generations comes to the big screen with a new, contemporary vision in Columbia Pictures’ comedy Annie. Director/Producer/Screenwriter Will Gluck teams with producers James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith & Will Smith, Caleeb Pinkett, and Shawn “JAY Z” Carter, Laurence “Jay” Brown, and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith with a modern telling that captures the magic of the classic characters and original show that won seven Tony Awards.
Academy Award® nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”) stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who’s also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they’d be back for her someday, it’s been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything’s about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) – advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) – makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he’s her guardian angel, but Annie’s self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it’s the other way around.
Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show “Skylark Tonight.” When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un.
“The Interview” will open on Christmas Day. The film stars James Franco, Seth Rogen, Randall Park, Lizzy Caplan, Diana Bang, Tommy Chang, Charles Rahi Chun, Dominique Lalonde, Timothy Simons, Steve Chang, Anesha Bailey, Harrison Lee and Justin Lee. Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen and Dan Sterling wrote the screenplay. Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen direct.
Sources: Columbia Pictures, IMDb