Ryan Reynolds and Shia LaBeouf in casting face-off

Ryan Reynolds and Shia LaBoeuf are the front runners in the group of actors vying to star opposite Oscar-winner Denzel Washington.

Washington will star in the upcoming film Safe House, in which he plays a criminal. The co-starring role is a young CIA agent who must transport Washington to safety after both are attacked at a safe house.

Along with Reynolds and LaBeouf, Deadline.com reports that Chris Pine, Sam Worthington, Garrett Hedlund, Zac Efron, Channing Tatum, Chris Hemsworth and Jake Gyllenhaal are also being considered.