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Shia LaBeouf and Zac Efron on 'Safe House' Short List, Ryan Reynolds Is Frontrunner

August 13, 2010 07:50:00 GMT

Like the three actors, Sam Worthington, Channing Tatum, Jake Gyllenhaal and more are facing off each other for a chance to star opposite Denzel Washington in the thriller.


Shia LaBeouf and Zac Efron on 'Safe House' Short List, Ryan Reynolds Is Frontrunner
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Today's top notch actors are vying for a starring role opposite Denzel Washington in "Safe House". According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Daniel Espinosa are considering Tom Hardy ("Inception"), Zac Efron ("Charlie St. Cloud"), James McAvoy ("Wanted (2008)"), Sam Worthington ("Avatar") and Shia LaBeouf ("Transformers") to take the part, but Ryan Reynolds ("Green Lantern") is the frontrunner.

Deadline Hollywood adds more names on the short list, mentioning Chris Pine ("Star Trek"), Garrett Hedlund ("Tron Legacy"), Channing Tatum ("G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra"), Chris Hemsworth ("Thor"), Jake Gyllenhaal ("Prince of Persia: Sands of Time") and Taylor Kitsch ("X-Men Origins: Wolverine") as other contenders. No offer has been made so far but it is expected to happen soon as decision will be made shortly.

Having a script written by David Guggenheim, "Safe House" 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." Denzel Washington has inked the deal to play the prisoner weeks ago, while the chosen one among the batch of younger actors will portray the CIA agent.

Production for the thriller is scheduled to start in early 2011, with Argentina and South Africa among the places being scouted. Scott Stuber will produce the upcoming movie and Trevor Macy is set to serve as executive producer. Universal Pictures has nabbed the U.S. distribution rights for the flick.

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posted by JW on Sep 03, 2010
I like Chris Pine, however.... If the script portrays the agent as a seasoned veteran of the CIA, then I think they will use Worthington or Gyllenhaal; however if the agent is a wet-behind the ears rookie, then Pine, LeBouf, McAvoy or Efron
posted by kyle on Aug 19, 2010
I hope they choose Zac for the role.
posted by Miranda on Aug 13, 2010
PICK ZAC!!!!!

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