AngelinaJolie has edged out Tom Cruise in the spy thriller Edwin A. Salt. The movie that is slated to release in 2010, is about a CIA agent on the run, after being accused of being a Russian sleeper spy set to assasinate the American president.
Not a very novel idea, but it should be interesting to watch Jolie step into traditional male territory. There have been women spies no doubt in Hollywood; Great Garbo, Marlene Dietrich both played Mata Hari in the 1930s. Mata Hari, a dancer in Paris, became a German agent but was executed shortly. She was sexy, glamorous but not a very effective spy, since it didn’t take too long to catch and execute her.
In recent times, Halle Balle in Die Another Day, and Jennifer Garner in the hit TV series Alias, were more of the tough but sexy spies.
But, Edwin A. Salt, as the title indicates, was written with a male agent in mind. It would be very interesting to see how the script is rewritten for Angelina Jolie, who is extremely comfortable in action roles.
Edwin A. Salt will be directed by Philip Noyce, who directed Angelina Jolie in Bone Collector, and is produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Sunil Perkash. Tom Cruise, who has been part of the project for a long time, backed off, reportedly, over remuneration issues.
Angelina Jolie, who gave birth to twins in July 2008, was last seen in the action-thriller Wanted.
Angelina Jolie is also rumored to be part of Atlas Shrugged based on Ayn Rand’s novel of the same name. Jolie will play Dagny Taggart, a railroad heiress battling to keep her father’s company on track. It is rumored that Brad Pitt was have an important role in the movie, while casting is still on for the role of John Galt.
Atlas Shrugged will be directed and scripted by Randall Wallace, who will also script Jolie’s forthcoming flick The Mercenary: Love and Honor. It is not confirmed whether Jolie will work in Edwin A. Salt before or after Atlas Shrugged and The Mercenary: Love and Honor.