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Denzel Washington In Talks To Play A Guardian Once Again In Shovel Ready

In Tony Scott's excellent 2004 revenge thriller Man on Fire Denzel Washington proved that he can do a damn fine job of taking care of a little girl when charged with her protection, and he now plans to exercise those muscles again in the new thriller Shovel Ready.

Deadline's sources have learned that the two-time Oscar winner has entered early negotiations to star in the upcoming feature, which is an adaptation of an upcoming novel written by journalist Adam Sternbergh. The story is set in a near-future landscape where everybody has left the real world behind and has completely immersed themselves in a digital fantasy world. Washington will play a contract killer living in New York City who is hired to "kill the daughter of a powerful, maniacal evangelist." The situation ends up taking a massive right turn, however, and the killer ends up becoming the girl's bodyguard. Sadly there doesn't seem to be any explanation for the title, but I hope that it turns out that Washington's character kills all of his targets with a shovel. The real answer to that question will be revealed when the book hits stores on January 14, 2014.

Washington has been hard at work lately putting together the upcoming adaptation of the television series The Equalizer, which will see him reteam with Training Day director Antoine Fuqua. He'll next be seen starring alongside Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, James Marsden and Bill Paxton in director Baltasar Kormákur's 2 Guns, which will be helping close out the summer season when its released on August 2nd.

Eric Eisenberg

NJ native who calls LA home; lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran; endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.