Charlize Theron Joins Tom Cruise in The Tourist
by Alex Billington
November 4, 2008
Actress Charlize Theron has been cast alongside of Tom Cruise in action thriller The Tourist from Spyglass Entertainment. The film is a remake of the 2005 French film titled Anthony Zimmer and is being directed by Bharat Nalluri (of Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day most recently). Theron will 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. The film follows a similar plot to the original, except a switch in the sex of certain characters. This version of the script was first written by Julian Fellowes, of Gosford Park and Vanity Fair, and is currently being polished by Christopher McQuarrie, of Usual Suspects and Valkyrie.
The original film that this is based on (that starred ex-Bond girl Sophie Marceau) sounds very interesting and seems like it's worth checking out. Unfortunately Nalluri really doesn't have enough past directing experience for me to immediately declare this remake as the next big thing, but with Cruise and Theron both attached and a plot that sounds pretty awesome, I'm at least interested. Who doesn't love deceptive crime thrillers with double-edged characters and mysterious storylines? In fact, we're in need of more of these kinds of stories in Hollywood, given they've been rather sparse recently. Hopefully this will turn out to be as good as I'm expecting it to be, but who knows if Nalluri will pull it off. Anyone seen the original?