He brought the Good Book to the wasteland in The Book of Eli. Now Denzel Washington has signed on for another Dystopian flick titled Shovel Ready. Hopefully this one won't actually be about a shovel.

Deadline is reporting that Washington has signed on to star in the movie adaptation of Adam Strenbergh's unreleased novel (which should hit shelves in 2014). The novel takes place in the future, and here's the rundown:

In a bombed-out, near future New York City where most of the population escapes reality by tapping into a digital fantasy world, a contract killer is hired to kill the daughter of a powerful, maniacal evangelist. Ultimately, the killer becomes the girl’s protector.

Well, it certainly can't be as bad as Book of Eli, and the virtual reality escapism sounds sort of intriguing. Fingers crossed for this one.