Thursday, July 29, 2010

Denzel Washington Finds Shelter in New 'Safe House' Thriller

Most people love when their favorite leading man takes on the role of a hero in any given story, whether it's something as fantastical as a superhero or as grounded as an ethical passionate lawyer. 
But sometimes, it's even more enjoyable to see that same actor take on the role of a diabolical villain. Denzel Washington has found a couple of his finest performances in Training Day and American Gangster by playing the bad guy. Now Vulture reports he might go back to crime with Safe House, an original thriller that sees him playing a dangerous criminal who's on the run from a young CIA agent after his "safe house" comes under attack.
Writer David Guggenheim penned the script, which is described as a mix of Collateral and Three Days of the Condor, and started a bidding war for the project last winter.Deadline has a bit more info on it, as they report Snabba Cash director Daniel Espinosa will direct the thriller. The real question now is who they'll get to star opposite the intimidating Washington. Personally, at the risk of making an original script a little less original, I think it would be kind of interesting to see Ethan Hawke take the agent role thus creating a kind of makeshift sequel to Training Day. Frankly, I'm surprised that studios haven't already thought of that idea with all the brand/name recognition they've been going for. Maybe I shouldn't say anything.
Chelsea J. Miller 


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