Ryan Reynolds, Shia LaBeouf, Chris Pine, Zac Efron, Channing Tatum, Jake Gyllenhaal, and More Vie to Room with Denzel Washington in SAFE HOUSE

     August 12, 2010

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We reported earlier today that Shia LaBeouf and Chris Pine are “rumored choices” for the lead role in John Hillcoat’s Triple Nine — it looks like LaBeouf and Pine are likewise among a group of young actors in contention for a starring role in Safe House opposite Denzel Washington.  Here’s the full list:

  • Ryan Reynolds
  • Tom Hardy
  • Zac Efron
  • James McAvoy
  • Sam Worthington
  • Shia LaBeouf
  • Taylor Kitsch
  • Garrett Hedlund
  • Channing Tatum
  • Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Chris Pine
  • Chris Hemsworth

Hit the jump for more details on the project, including the nature of the role the victor will play.

The lengthy list is culled from reports by Deadline and Heat Vision; the latter indicates that Reynolds is “emerging as the frontrunner.”  Washington finalized his deal weeks ago, and Universal is expected to extend an offer to one of the above shortly.

The thriller was scripted by David Guggenheim, with Swedish director Daniel Espinosa (Snabba Cash) making his English-language debut.  The plot revolves around “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.”  Washington will play the prisoner, while the chosen will play the CIA agent.

Were you the casting director, who would top your wishlist?

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