Denzel Washington is in negotiations to join Safe House, a Universal Pictures thriller about a criminal informant (the role Washington’s circling) and a young U.S. agent who have to escape a South American safe house after it comes under attack. (New York magazine’s Vulture blog first broke the story.) The news comes on the heels of the passing of Washington’s long-time agent Ed Limato; agency WME is reportedly fast tracking the deal in an effort to keep Washington at the agency.