'The Equalizer 2' Trailer: Denzel Washington Returns as Vigilante

The film franchise is based on the '80s TV series of the same name.

Denzel Washington returns in the role of Robert McCall, a former intelligence officer turned justice-seeker for the exploited and oppressed, in The Equalizer 2.

In the action-packed trailer for the Sony sequel, which is set to hit theaters July 20, he's now forced to fight for someone close to him.

"They killed my friend," Washington's McCall says in the preview. "So I’m going to kill each and every one of them, and my only disappointment is I only get to do it once."

Though McCall faked his own death before becoming a vigilante in the first installment, the trailer introduces someone he knew from his days in the CIA. "I thought you were retired,” he says to the old cohort, played by Melissa Leo. "Oh, I am, just like you’re dead," she responds.

Antoine Fuqua returned to direct the follow-up, with Richard Wenk also back as the sequel's writer. Ashton Sanders, Bill Pullman and Pedro Pascal star alongside Washington and Leo.