Denzel Washington is set to star in cop thriller Little Things.
The 64-year-old Hollywood legend’s next movie will see him portray overburdened Kern County deputy sheriff Deke. It is written by John Lee Hancock, who will likely jump on to direct if his deal with Warner Bros. works out.
The plot sees Deke join forces with LA County Sheriff’s Department detective, Baxter, to get a serial killer behind bars and the movie title stems from Washington’s alter-ego’s preoccupation with digging out the “little things” in his cases.
Washington has made a name for himself in the cops and robbers genre and won an Oscar for Best Actor for his role as narcotics officer Alonzo Harris, alongside Ethan Hawke (Jake Hoyt) in 2001’s Training Day.
He has clearly been impressed by the script, as Variety reports that he pushed back filming Journal Of Jordan, which he is helming and is reportedly set to feature Michael B. Jordan.
The latter movie has Oscar-nominated screenwriter Virgil Williams overseeing the script, which is based on the true story of Dana Canedy — the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist — and how she fell in love with Sergeant Charles Monroe King.
The story is informed by King’s journals, which he had penned for the couple’s newborn son, Jordan. King wrote these while he was deployed overseas and while he sadly died on active duty in Iraq in 2006. His messages of hope continue to live on through his letters.
Jordan will help to produce the film under his Outlier Society banner, while Washington will also produce, alongside Escape Artist’s Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch.