Denzel Washington is going to save the world. Well, what’s left of it. Washington has just signed on to star in The Book Of Eli, the post-apocalyptic epic that will mark the return to feature directing of Albert and Allen Hughes, almost eight years after From Hell.

The story takes place after America has been turned into a barren wasteland, and will see Washington play a warrior who, and we’re quoting here, “fights to bring society the knowledge that is key to its redemption.” And, I’m hoping, a warrior who hasn’t seen The Postman

Only joking, though – let’s hope that this is closer to Mad Max 2. Certainly, there’s an excellent pedigree surrounding The Book Of Eli, which is a co-production between the Warners-based company, Alcon Entertainment and Joel Silver’s Silver Pictures, for which Susan Downey and Silver himself will produce. So my hopes for it are high.

Filming will start in New Mexico – home of post-apocalyptic pics at the moment (that’s where Terminator Salvation shot) – in January.