*Fresh from a Tony Award for Broadway’s Fences, Denzel Washington is in talks to star in the spy thriller “Safe House,” which Universal acquired in an intense bidding war in February.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Washington would play the lead role of a dangerous prisoner being escorted through menacing territory by a young CIA agent.

The agent is the lone survivor of an attack on a CIA safe house as he tries to get Washington’s character to a second safe house before being killed by violent force that want them both dead.

Daniel Espinosa (“Snabba Cash”) is directing from a script by David Guggenheim.

Washington, meanwhile, wraps his limited 13-week run in Fences this month. His next film, already in the can for a November release, is director Tony Scott’s “Unstoppable.”

The only other major project on the actor’s slate is an adaptation of Robert Ludlum’s “MatareseCircle,” in which he would star with Tom Cruise for director David Cronenberg. But that project is frozen in the financial turmoil of MGM.