Tom Cruise to become THE TOURIST?

In talks to star in the remake of the 2005 thriller ANTHONY ZIMMER.

Just like it did when Tom Cruise landed the projects Lions for Lambs and Valkyrie in quick succession, it's becoming pretty obvious that the veteran Hollywood star is on an aggressive lookout for what his next role could be. After the news that he had been offered the lead role in the chef comedy Food Fight yesterday, comes the news from Variety today that he is in early talks with Spyglass Entertainment to star in the remake of the 2005 French thriller Anthony Zimmer. The remake will be titled The Tourist and we reported way back in July 2007 that Lasse Hallstrom (The Hoax) was to direct but according to the trade it will now be Bharat Nalluri (Miss. Pettigrew Lives For a Day).

Scripted by "Gosford Park" scribe Julian Fellowes, the thriller concerns an American tourist who finds his life in danger when a female Interpol agent uses him as a dupe to flush out an elusive criminal with whom she once had an affair.
Cruise is thinking long and hard over his next picture, determined to make the right choice to get his career back on track. Will this be the project, or just the latest in a long line of "maybe's?".

Cruise, now 46... has this week seen his action vehicle movie Edwin A. Salt deferred to a younger female sparking media speculation this was because he was now too old to play a credible action star. We know he has expressed a desire in the past to go with a Mission Impossible IV ASAP, will Paramount given him the greenlight or is Cruise going to be forced to choose thrillers like this which are more on the psychological/drama scale?

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Matt Holmes is the co-founder of What Culture, formerly known as Obsessed With Film. He has been blogging about pop culture and entertainment since 2006 and has written over 10,000 articles.