Exclusive: Ruben Blades Joins Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds in ‘Safe House’

First significant movie role for actor and recording artist since his term as Panama’s minister of tourism ended

Last Updated: January 26, 2011 @ 3:39 PM

Ruben Blades, TheWrap has learned, will star in "Safe House," a thriller from Universal.

The actor, also a recording artist and former minister of tourism of Panama, joins Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington in the film.

Daniel Espinosa  is directing the film about a CIA agent (Reynolds) whose safe house is attacked and must get a criminal (Washington) to safety. Blades will play the role of Carlos Villar, a counterfeiter.

Blades has been on a musical tour since fall 2010.

"Safe House" is his first major film since his 5-year term as minister of tourism of Panama ended in 2009.

The actor is represented by Paradigm.