Denzel Washington has entered into negotiations to join Warner Bros’ thriller, ‘Little Things’ for his next project according to Variety.

John Lee Hancock is already on board to write the screenplay with a view to also taking the helm on the picture but this is yet to be finalised.

The story follows a burned-out Kern County deputy sheriff named Deke, played by Washington, who teams with a crack LASD detective, Baxter, to reel in a wily serial killer. Deke’s nose for the “little things” proves eerily accurate, but his willingness to circumvent the rules embroils Baxter in a soul-shattering dilemma. Meanwhile, Deke must wrestle with a dark secret from his past.

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Hancock is known for directing pictures such as ‘The Blindside’ which starred Sandra Bullock and ‘Highway Men’ and ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ with Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in which Author P.L. Travers reflects on her childhood after reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney, who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen.

Washington, who is known for taking his time over deciding on his projects was last seen in ‘The Equalizer 2’. He is currently attached to direct ‘Journal for Jordan’, Sony Pictures’ upcoming adaptation of Pulitzer-winning journalist Dana Cadendy’s bestselling memoir. Michael B. Jordan is also set to produce. Washington’s previous stint’s in the director’s chair includes ‘Fences’ in which he also starred opposite Viola Davis and an episode of Grey’s Anatomy.