Italian authorities have arrested men who worked to provide food and refreshments on the set of The Equalizer 3. According to Variety, two caterers were taken into custody after Carabinieri police officers raided their hotel rooms on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Law enforcement seized more than 100 grams of cocaine in the raid.
The outlet reported the drug bust was carried out after the head caterer died of a heart attack on Monday (Oct. 31.) Several ounces of cocaine were found in his possession.
A third employee of the catering company was also found in possession of a small amount of cocaine. His drivers’ license was revoked as a result of the inquiry.
Deadline reported the drug bust had no impact on the production of The Equalizer 3. In fact, the outlet claimed the catering company was an independent contractor, likely to be replaced. The men were reportedly arrested after a private gathering on a day off and did not bring their criminal activity to the busy set.The Equalizer 3, stars Denzel Washington and is directed by Antoine Fuqua. According to Deadline, the first film in the now trilogy earned over $194 million worldwide. The sequel followed with over $190 million worldwide.
Dakota Fanning and Gaia Scodellaro also star in the third installment. The Equalizer 3 is jointly produced by Tarak Ben Ammar and Sony Pictures Entertainment and is set to debut in theaters September 2023.
The Equalizer 3, stars Denzel Washington and is directed by Antoine Fuqua. According to Deadline, the first film in the now trilogy earned over $194 million worldwide. The sequel followed with over $190 million worldwide.
Denzel Washington’s Equalizer is all about righting wrongs, but this week the crime in question was real instead of fictional, as Italian police seized over 100 grams of cocaine from some of the film’s caterers, Variety reports.
Investigation began after the head of the film’s catering company died suddenly of a heart attack on Monday night. Small packages of cocaine were found among his clothing, sending the police toward the catering company’s hotel rooms. There, police found 120 grams of cocaine, arrested two other members of the catering company on charges related to drug dealing, and revoked a third employee’s driers’ license for possession.
Equalizer 3 stars Denzel Washington and Dakota Fanning, who starred together in the Tony Scott-directed film Man On Fire in 2004, 18 years earlier. Antoine Fuqua is directing the picture, with Richard Wenk writing. The pair also directed and wrote the first two Equalizer films. The picture is being filmed in Italy’s Amalfi coast area thanks to production incentives via production company Garbo Produzioni. Equalizer 3 is currently scheduled to release on September 1, 2023.
According to TMZ, two caterers working on the set of The Equalizer 3 were arrested on Tuesday afternoon, following a drug bust at a nearby hotel that saw Italian paramilitary police uncover 120 grams of cocaine. The search of the hotel where the cocaine was found began due to the death of a third caterer — the head of catering on the film. The 55-year-old man reportedly died of a heart attack and “several bags” of cocaine were found in his pockets after his death. This led police to suspect more drugs were on and around the movie’s set.
The two catering workers that were detained were placed on house arrest on suspicion of dealing drugs and they were arrested away from the set. A third caterer was allegedly in possession of a small amount of cocaine as well. The police also searched a nearby dock that serves as a staging area for The Equalizer 3, but no drugs were found at the location.
When Does The Equalizer 3 Come Out?
With the drug situation reportedly not changing the production schedule of The Equalizer 3, the film should still be on track for its planned release date. Sony Pictures previously announced that The Equalizer 3 is going to be released in theaters on September 1, 2023.
Denzel Washington will reprise his role as Robert McCall, marking the third outing for the character. He will be joined in the cast by Man on Fire co-star Dakota Fanning and Gala Scodellaro. Antoine Fuqua will once again be directing the new Equalizer with a screenplay from Richard Wenk.