Cruise & Washington Team For “Circle”

Tom Cruise is in talks to star opposite Denzel Washington in “The Matarese Circle” for MGM Films reports the trades.

David Cronenberg directs this adaptation of the thriller by author Robert Ludlum (“The Bourne Identity”), while Michael Brandt and Derek Haas (“Wanted”) adapted the script which contemporizes the original Cold War premise.

The pair will play two bitter enemy spies who, after spending two decades trying to kill one another, find themselves in the crosshairs of the Matarese, a powerful group at the root of a conspiracy.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Nick Wechsler will produce. A 2010 release is expected.