Cruise Ready to Tame ‘Lions’

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Tom Cruise is wasting no time over at United Artists as he made his decision on his next flick, Lions for Lambs with Robert Redford directing.

Yup, Redford is directing and along with Meryl Streep will also co-star in the Matthew Carnahan scripted drama, which consists of three interconnected storylines: Cruise as a congressman who interacts with a journalist (Streep); Redford as an idealistic professor who attempts to inspire a privileged student in his class; and a third storyline about a pair of American soldiers wounded in enemy territory, one of whom is Redford’s former student.

The picture will go into production early next year and I would not be surprised if it is released late 2007 with a major Oscar push considering this group of names.

Lambs for Lions was among three pics Cruise was said to be eyeing as his next starring role. The other two consisted of a Chuck Leavitt-scripted adaptation of Dave King’s novel “The Ha-Ha” at Warner Bros. and the Spike Lee-directed Selling Time at Fox.

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