Colin Farrell in Talks to Join Denzel Washington in Thriller 'Inner City'

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Dan Gilroy, the filmmaker beind the noir 'Nightcrawler,' wrote and is directing 'Inner City.'

Colin Farrell is in talks to star opposite Denzel Washington in Inner City, the Columbia Pictures thriller from Nightcrawler filmmaker Dan Gilroy.

The script, which Gilroy also wrote, centers on an awkward, reclusive lawyer, to be played by Washington, who has worked as a legal researcher in Los Angeles for decades. When his mentor passes away, he is recruited by a prestigious and more cutthroat law firm where he stumbles upon a case that changes his entire life.

Farrell will play the slick, money-focused lawyer who recruits the researcher to his firm.

Todd Black of Escape Artists, Jennifer Fox and Brian Oliver are producing.

A mid-March start in Los Angeles is planned, with the production budgeted in the mid-$30 million range.

Farrell last appeared in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and has two movies in the can: Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled and The Killing of a Sacred Deer, a drama that reteams the actor with his Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos.

Farrell is repped by CAA, LBI Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson.