French actress Nora Arnezeder (Paris 36) is in talks to play Ryan Reynolds’ love interest in Safe House, which also stars Denzel Washington and Tim McGraw. Reynolds plays a CIA agent who must transport a dangerous criminal (Washington) to safety. David Guggenheim’s script landed on the 2010 Black List (a collection of Hollywood’s finest unproduced screenplays), but Terry George (Reservation Road) is currently working on a rewrite. Daniel Espinoza (Snabba Cash) will direct.
This is where the news gets a little more dubious. Latino Review hears that the producers want to approach Jeff Bridges to play Deputy Vice Director Harland Whitford. It’s worded carefully enough to be rendered virtually meaningless. I mean, I want to approach Jeff Bridges to play Executive Comptroller Basil Kasinski in my movie, but it’s a long shot. Still, the producers of Safe House have more sway than I do, and Bridges would obviously be a fantastic addition to an already great cast.
Arnezeder is apparently becoming quite famous in her native France after an award-winning turn in Paris 36, which showed off her lovely singing voice. Hit the jump to watch Arnezeder record a cover of “Singin’ in the Rain” in studio.
Well, I’m charmed. Safe House is scheduled for release on February 10, 2012.