Maybe. Daily Variety columnist Michael Fleming is reporting that the “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” actress might jump in to replace fellow actioner Jet Li in the back-to-back sci-fi action sequels.
According to Fleming, Li‘s decision to drop out of the project has to do with a disagreement over pay.
The “Romeo Must Die” hotshot has allegedly asked for $13 million for two films, but the project could only afford shelling out $3 mil for both films without any backend deal.
The picture is an adaptation of a Robert Ludlum novel about an amnesia victim ( Damon) who’s being hunted by assassins. Stiles, who appears in the upcoming “Save the Last Dance,” will play a Paris-based officer of a U.S. national security agency.
No word on how much of a slash it would be, but the trade paper is saying that the actor is likely to make a backend deal where he will take a percentage of any profits.
Nicholson‘s usual per picture salary is about $15 million.