Tom Cruise to Play Edwin A. Salt

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Columbia Pictures is in talks with Terry George (Hotel Rwanda, upcoming Reservation Road) to direct Edwin A. Salt, a Kurt Wimmer-scripted drama that is being developed as a star vehicle for Tom Cruise, reports Variety. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Sunil Perkash are producing.

The studio’s hope is for Cruise to play the title character, a CIA officer who is fingered by a defector as a Russian sleeper spy. Salt must elude capture by his superiors and sets out to reunite with his family and prove his innocence.

Cruise has been busy this year making the Robert Redford-directed Lions for Lambs and the Bryan Singer-directed Valkyrie for United Artists.

He has been eyeing several other projects for his next film. Another possibility is a remake of the Doris Dorrie-directed German comedy Men, which has director Todd Phillips attached at Warner Bros.