Jolie subs for Cruise in "Salt" thriller

Tue Aug 12, 2008 4:36am EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Edwin A. Salt" is getting a sex change.

New mom Angelina Jolie, coming off the hit movie "Wanted," is in negotiations to replace Tom Cruise in the Columbia spy thriller.

Screenwriter Kurt Wimmer will redraft the screenplay, about a CIA officer who must prove she is not a Russian sleeper spy out to assassinate the president, to suit Jolie. Phillip Noyce remains attached to "Salt" as director.

The title also will change.

The project has a long history, with directors coming and going, though Cruise has long been tethered to it.

Jolie also is attached to star in "Atlas Shrugged," an adaptation of the Ayn Rand novel. She intends to do both, though in what order remains unclear.

"Wanted," in which Jolie plays an assassin, has earned about $250 million at the worldwide box office. Cruise, in theaters last year with the bomb "Lions for Lambs," has a supporting role in the comedy "Tropic Thunder," which opens Wednesday.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

<p>Angelina Jolie attends a news conference for the film "The Exchange" by U.S. director Clint Eastwood at the 61st Cannes Film Festival May 20, 2008. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier</p>