Actor may star in Tony Scott-directed thriller

Denzel Washington is negotiating to star in drama “Unstoppable,” the Tony Scott-directed that 20th Century Fox has on track for a fall production start.

Washington would play an experienced engineer who jumps in a locomotive with a young conductor to chase down a runaway train carrying a cargo of toxic chemicals. Mark Bomback wrote the script, which is loosely inspired by a true event.

Julie Yorn is producing “Unstoppable” with Scott.

The drama would reunite Washington and Scott for their fifth film together. Aside from “Crimson Tide,” “Man on Fire” and “Deja Vu,” the duo just completed another train-based thriller, “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3,” which Columbia Pictures releases June 12.

Washington has been filming “The Book of Eli” for Alcon Entertainment and Silver Pictures, with Allen and Albert Hughes directing the post-apocalyptic thriller that Warner Bros. releases in early 2010.

Washington is repped by WMA.

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