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Denzel Washington holing up at "Safe House"

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Denzel Washington is in negotiations to star in the spy thriller “Safe House,” which Universal snapped up during a heated bidding war in February.

Washington would play the lead role of a dangerous prisoner being escorted through menacing territory by a young CIA agent. Daniel Espinosa (“Snabba Cash”) is directing from a script by David Guggenheim.

The storyline follows the only surviving agent of an attack on a CIA safe house as he tries to get a lethal prisoner to a second safe house before being taken out by violent forces that want them both dead.

The project would put Washington on familiar action ground, if on the bad-guy side of the dynamic that won him an Oscar for “Training Day” in 2001.

Washington won a Tony last month for August Wilson’s “Fences.” The play’s limited 13-week run ends this month, so the actor had been looking for his next film project.

“Unstoppable,” which Washington filmed for director Tony Scott, is already in the can for a November release via Fox. The only other major project on the actor’s horizon is an adaptation of Robert Ludlum’s “Matarese Circle,” in which he would star with Tom Cruise for director David Cronenberg. But that project is frozen in the financial troubles of MGM.