Cruise Passes Jolie The Salt

The Sony Pictures espionage thriller “Edwin A. Salt” is being retooled from a Tom Cruise vehicle into an Angelina Jolie one reports Variety.

Original scribe Kurt Wimmer (“Equilibrium”) will redraft his well-received script about a CIA officer who’s accused by a defector of being a Russian sleeper spy and must elude capture long enough to establish their innocence.

Cruise had long been circling the project but departed recently. Several male stars took a shine to it, as did Jolie which prompted Columbia to overhaul it to suit her (only a few changes are expected). A posting at Hollywood Elsewhere indicates the Jolie deal came together in a super quick three days.

The film is expected to be her first film after recently giving birth to twins. Philip Noyce remains attached as director and Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Sunil Perkash are producing, however “Edwin A. Salt” will undergo a title change.