It appears that many of the “hot” young actors in Hollywood at the minute want to work with veteran Denzel Washington on his next movie Safe House. Ryan Reynolds, Shia LaBeouf, Taylor Kitsch, Chris Pine, Sam Worthington, Garrett Hedlund, Zac Efron, Channing Tatum, Chris Hemsworth and Jake Gyllenhaal are all after a supporting role in the crime drama about a young CIA agent who is forced to move  a dangerous criminal to safety when they are attacked at a safe house.

Who will get it?

Word on the street (via Deadline) is that The Green Lantern himself, Ryan Reynolds, is the frontrunner for the role at this point, although it has to be said (just like Tyra Banks would say) that competition for the part is “fierce.” Reynolds is still far from a lock on the project, which is currently prepping for an early 2011 shoot.

The furious rivalry to grab the Safehouse role has led to a flurry of meetings and even a series of auditions. It’s odd that some of those names on the list would even have to audition, but I can only assume that Efron and Hedlund would be the ones who are likely to want to show off their action chops to director Daniel Espinosa.

Pine has recently finished working with Washington on Tony Scott’s Unstoppable, so he may have the inside track, however he may be out of the running due to his commitments to the new Jack Ryan movie Moscow and Star Trek 2. Worthington is also a man with a packed slate, due to his attachment to several other action films including a Clash of the Titans sequel, so his schedule may lead to him dropping out of the race.

Tatum has been growing a steady action portfolio over the last few years, so he may be have a shot, while Hemsworth and Kitsch are also becoming more and more bankable due to their lead roles in Thor and John Carter. Shia LaBeouf has shown his action credentials in Indiana Jones and the Transformers franchise, and he also seems to be taking the Tom Cruise road to stardom by working with strong, older actors like Harrison Ford and Michael Douglas (in Wall Street 2), so this fits right into his career trajectory. Gyllenhaal has recently come off the underperforming action film Prince of Persia, so producers may be a bit worried about his pulling power in this sort of film.

A good action role can make or break an actor – just ask Bruce Willis and Will Smith, who were known as television comedy actors before Die Hard and Bad Boys catapulted them into the leading man action arena. Safehouse could do the same for the likes of Efron, but will the studios and audiences be willing to accept him in such a role?

We will find out soon enough. So keep reading Screen Rant for more news on Safe House.

Source: Deadline