Angelina Jolie Replaces Tom Cruise in Edwin A. Salt
by Alex Billington
August 11, 2008
Yep, you read that right. Angelina Jolie is replacing Tom Cruise in Phillip Noyce's CIA thriller Edwin A. Salt and the title will change and the screenplay will be rewritten for a female character. It was only July that we wrote about this film, announcing that Patriot Games and Catch a Fire helmer Phillip Noyce would be directing. The screenplay was written by Kurt Wimmer, of Equilibrium and Street Kings, and is being rewritten for Jolie instead. The story focuses on a CIA officer who must prove that they're not a Russian sleeper spy out to assassinate the President. The deal only fell into place two weeks ago but is making news this week - and I must say, that kind of headline will definitely shake things up.
Although the news has been reported by various outlets, no details on why Cruise left and why Jolie stepped in have been revealed. Cruise was originally attached for a while, before even Noyce joined, which is why it could be something along the lines of creative differences and Jolie as good of a replacement. Jolie is still attached to the Atlas Shrugged adaptation and plans to still do both that and Edwin A. Salt. This is an incredibly high profile project and the addition of Jolie possibly even pushes it even further into the spotlight. However, if I were to provide some criticism, I'm not exactly sure whether a female replacement for the character will result in the same kind of movie that I was initially excited to see. Anyone else?