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Jolie Vehicle 'The Tourist' May Have Found Its Director

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Oct 19, 2009 | 4:08am EDT

Oscar-winning director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck has emerged as the top choice to steer The Tourist, the project that Angelina Jolie is poised to make her next and which also stars Sam Worthington. Spyglass is behind the film, a remake of French thriller Anthony Zimmer.

Variety reports that should a deal come together, this would fast-track the project to a February production start.

Jolie's participation is contingent on finding the right director and after meetings with several possibilities, von Donnersmarck was deemed the guy for the job on Friday night, insiders said. He hasn't formally entered into negotiations yet, however.

The Tourist would be the first directing vehicle for von Donnersmarck since his 2006 breakout The Lives of Others, which won the Academy Award for foreign-language film.

Jolie will play a female Interpol agent who draws an unwitting American tourist into her attempt to locate a criminal who was once her lover.

Last week, it was reported that Charlize Theron was no longer attached to the role of the Interpol agent. Tom Cruise also previously had been attached.

Spyglass is producing in partnership with StudioCanal, with Gary BarberRoger Birnbaum and Jonathan Glickman producing.

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