In another overhaul of major elements, The Tourist is facing yet another shift in its casting and direction.
With the lead female role recently moving from Charlize Theron to Angelina Jolie, the lead male character now looks as if it may be played by Johnny Depp. That's after the previously attached Tom Cruise dropped out and was replaced by Sam Worthington. Further, the director's chair, recently said to go to Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, now has Alfonso Cuaron circling.
Worthington reportedly exited along with von Donnersmarck over creative differences.
The film is heading towards a February production start. Graham King's GK Films is financing and distributing through his deal with Sony.
A while back, the remake of the 2005 French thriller Anthony Zimmer had Bharat Nalluri directing and Cruise and Theron attached. Worthington came into focus with Theron after Cruise took Knight and Day at Fox. Von Donnersmarck then came into the picture with Jolie.
Depp enters the frame via King, with whom he has a close relationship, most recently collaborating on Rum Diary and the Gore Verbinski-directed animated pic Rango.
The Tourist sees a female Interpol agent rope an everyman American tourist visiting France into becoming bait in the hunt for a wanted criminal who's also her former lover.
Spyglass' remake of Jerome Salle's 2005 thriller Anthony Zimmer is going through another casting shift. Charlize Theron, who had long been attached, has opted out. The Tourist, as the film will be called, may now see Angelina Jolie step in, the Risky Business blog reports.
The move is the latest step in what looks like an A-list game of musical chairs with Theron, Jolie and Tom Cruise the main players.
Cruise was formerly attached to Tourist, but dropped out with Sam Worthington now in for the story of an American vacationer who, on behalf of Interpol, goes undercover to entrap a former lover who's a suspected global criminal.
Cruise had also previously been attached to Salt, which Jolie has just wrapped. Jolie stepped in to replace Cruise in that film in a rare script change that shifted the main character from a man to a woman.
Meanwhile, Jolie has often had her name bandied about in conjunction with a big-screen adaptation of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. Lately, however, Theron's name has come up as a potential to play protagonist Dagny Taggart.
In any case, The Tourist is seeking a director, as Bharat Nalluri, who had been attached to direct, is as of last week off the project, Biz says.
Neither Spyglass nor the director or actresses' reps could immediately be reached for comment by the blog. Production has been tentatively set for early 2010.
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The Australian actor was drafted in after Cruise dropped out to star alongside Cameron Diaz in a new, as-yet-untitled action comedy from James Mangold.
In The Tourist, Worthington will star alongside Charlize Theron as an American holidaymaker used by an Interpol agent to hunt down a crooked ex-lover.
The film, a remake of 2005's French thriller Anthony Zimmer, will be directed by Bharat Nalluri, according to Variety.com.
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Charlize Theron is negotiating to star with Tom Cruise in The Tourist, the remake of French thriller Anthony Zimmer. Theron would play an Interpol agent who uses an American tourist in an attempt to flush out an elusive criminal with whom she once had an affair. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day's Bharat Nalluri is set to direct, with production expected to begin in March. Theron was most recently seen with Will Smith in Hancock. Next up is next month's The Burning Plain with Kim Basinger and January's The Road with Viggo Mortensen.
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