NEW YORK — “The Hurricane” star Denzel Washington is in serious talks to next star in “Training Day,” the Warner Bros. drama scripted by David Ayer.
Washington will play a veteran cop who escorts a rookie cop on his first day with the LAPD’s undercover narcotics unit. The initiation is complicated by the fact that the older cop is reckless, corrupt, and a danger to the rookie completing his first day.
While the young cop seemed like a sure bet with Matt Damon at the time Samuel L. Jackson was expected to play the veteran, current buzz has Will Smith and Ben Affleck mentioned as possible co-stars.
The film, produced by Outlaw Prods. partners Robert Newmyer and Jeffrey Silver, has Davis Guggenheim attached to direct. A deal for Guggenheim, who helmed the upcoming WB pic “Gossip,” is subject to approval by Washington.
Washington, whose perf in “The Hurricane” earned him a best actor Golden Globe, is nominated for an Oscar for the same role. He won a supporting actor Oscar for “Glory” in 1989. He’s repped by ICM’s Ed Limato.