Ryan Reynolds is emerging as the frontrunner for the starring role opposite Denzel Washington in “Safe House,” the Universal thriller being directed by "Snabba cash" director Daniel Espinosa.
The role had been highly sought after, with Espinosa meeting or considering Tom Hardy, Zac Efron, James McAvoy, Sam Worthington and Shia LaBeouf, as well as Reynolds. An offer is expected imminently.
The storyline follows the only surviving agent of an attack on a CIA safe house (Reynolds) as he tries to get a lethal prisoner (Washington) to a second safe house before being taken out by violent forces that want them both dead.
David Guggenheim, an Us Weekly editor who worked nights on the script, sold “Safe House” to the studio in February.
Scott Stuber will produce through his Universal-based Stuber Pictures while Trevor Macy is executive producing through his Intrepid Pictures shingle. Debbie Liebling, installed as Universal's president of production in December, brought the project in.
That's a nice group of people to be included with though.