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

August 13, 2010 (7:50 am) 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

Today's top notch actors are vying for a starring role opposite in "". According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Daniel Espinosa are considering (""), (""), (""), ("") and ("") to take the part, but ("") is the frontrunner.

Deadline Hollywood adds more names on the short list, mentioning (""), (""), (""), (""), ("") and ("") 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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