Denzel Washington in Talks to Protect a Young Girl in the Future

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Denzel Washington. Photo: Keith Tsuji/Getty Images

Deadline reports that Denzel Washington is in talks to star in Shovel Ready, an adaptation of an upcoming novel by New York Times Magazine's Adam Sternbergh. Set in near-future New York City, where people use virtual reality to escape the chaos outside, Washington would play a hired killer who is sent to assassinate a powerful evangelist's daughter, only to take on the role of her protector. Considering his experience both fighting criminals in virtual reality and protecting young girls, this mission will be cake for Zel.