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First Look: Angelina Jolie in Phillip Noyce's Salt

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March 3, 2009
Source: USA Today

First Look: Angelina Jolie in Phillip Noyce's Salt

Late last year we wrote that Phillip Noyce had decided to replace Tom Cruise with Angelina Jolie in his CIA thriller Edwin A. Salt. The character was literally changed from male to female, the name changed from Edwin to Evelyn A. Salt, and the title of the production shortened to just Salt. Well, the film has finally started shooting and USA Today has the first two photos of Angelina Jolie in character. They're not much to look at, but may be interesting to see especially in the context of the plot, which is about a CIA operative who tries to clear her name after she is accused of being a Russian sleeper agent. So is she or isn't she?

Both of these shots below are of Angelina Jolie in Salt, because she takes on various looks during various parts. "She's a character you never know," says producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. "People who think they know the real her may or may not. Those who think they can tell whether she's in a disguise also may or may not. You're supposed to be kept guessing. She tells you her agenda, but are you supposed to believe it?"

Angelina Jolie in SaltAngelina Jolie in Salt

Salt is being directed by Phillip Noyce, of everything from Patriot Games to Clear and Present Danger to The Bone Collector to Catch a Fire most recently. He promises that this will be "a reality-based spy movie with action set pieces as thrilling as the most crowd-pleasing movies of this genre." I hope he delivers on that promise, because Noyce hasn't exactly been thrilling anyone recently, and I really don't want this to end up a flop. The screenplay was originally written by Kurt Wimmer (of Equilibrium, Street Kings) and later re-written for Jolie by Brian Helgeland (of L.A. Confidential, Conspiracy Theory, Mystic River).

"The question of Jason Bourne is 'Who am I?'" Lorenzo di Bonaventura says, in explaining the concept more clearly. "The question of Salt is, 'We know everything about her, but do we?' [Her pursuers] have a ton of information to act on, but that's where they begin to question what is real and what isn't." Interested?

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  • ebbie
    I like her in action movies so yeah, this looks potentially interesting.
  • RPD
    Very Interested. I'm all about espionage flicks...
  • TIm
    Not much of a disguise. All she did was dye her hair. The story sounds interesting though. I will see it.
  • Wow, Angelina looks kickin' as a blonde... *wolf whistle* Oh, I'm sorry... there was something about a film too? Yeah, that looks okay too.
  • Scott McHenry
    no
  • troy
    i would have seen this if tom had been in it, but i doubt angelina can pull this off. I mean look at that amazing disguise! no one will know its her now!
  • Matt
    Looks hot in those pics
  • Blue Silver
    I had no clue that Liv Tyler was in this too. Well Alex, whether it hits or flops, I'm sure you'll still get your cut.
  • Looks a bit like Milla Jovovich in that one movie on the left. Will see anything Jolie is in and the screenwriters have a lot of talent behind them. Hopefully this will be kickass.
  • agentx
    anything to do ang, she is mine
  • agentx
    angelina jolie is a very talented actress, no doubt "she will pull it off" ;D
  • Richard
    Wow, salt huh, hats a great marketing decision. Salt anyone? they can do a whole campaign around it.
  • Fisherr
    Angie's movies are always great this one looks promising too.
  • malinK
    Angelina is looking good as always, oh yeah and the movie seems interesting i'll watch it more so now
  • CatieLee
    what an awful wig! both of them! Can we have a little creativity please!
  • what no flesh
  • Andrew
    Movie looks like it has some great suspense, wasnt surprised to hear the same director did Patriot Games. I'll watch it just because Phillip Noyce is directing.

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