Fassbender sought to topline.

‘Safe House’ helmer Daniel Espinosa is in negotiations to take the director’s for the gritty actioner ‘The Outsider.’

Penned by Andrew Baldwin, the story follows a World War II POW broken out by the Yakuza and forced to work for the Japanese crime syndicate.

While no offers have been made, Variety has word that Michael Fassbender is being eyed for the lead.