Sony’s New Oscar Bid with Date Change for Depp and Jolie Feature ‘The Tourist’

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Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp in The Tourist
Photo: Columbia Pictures

This may shape up to be one of the most hotly contested award seasons in some time after a summer filled with mindless blockbusters and only a few of them truly standing out — Inception and Toy Story — along with a few independent gems — The Kids are All Right, Get Low and Winter’s Bone — and now a fall/winter session with far too many films to even count that could vie for Oscar’s big prize. Today’s news, of course, is that you can now add one more to the ever-growing list.

Box-Office Mojo has learned the Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp romantic thriller The Tourist will now hit theaters on December 10 giving both the actor and actress race a bit of a jump.

The film, directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, the director of the fantastic 2007 Foreign Language Oscar winner The Lives of Others, features Jolie as an Interpol agent who uses an American tourist (Depp) in an attempt to flush out an elusive criminal with whom she once had an affair. The film co-stars Paul Bettany, Rufus Sewell, Timothy Dalton and Steven Berkoff.

The move to the 10th puts the film on the same date as Fox’s The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, David O. Russel’s The Fighter starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale and Julie Taymor’s The Tempest. That’s a lot of competition.

To this point all we have is the above image in terms of marketing, but with the release date decision made perhaps a trailer isn’t too far down the road.