Chiwetel Ejiofor (“Serenity,” “Redbelt”) is in negotiations to join the cast of Phil Noyce’s spy thriller “Salt” for Sony Pictures says Reuters.
The high-profile project centers on a CIA officer named Salt (Angelina Jolie) who is fingered as a Russian sleeper spy set out to assassinate the president. The woman struggles to prove that someone else is the traitor.
Ejiofor will play Peabody, a CIA counterintelligence officer. Liev Schreiber also is in the cast, playing Salt’s boss and friend on the CIA’s Russian desk.
Filming kicks off next month in New York. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Sunil Perkash are producing.