Cruise in talks for thriller pic ‘The Tourist’.

Tom Cruise is in talks to star in ‘The Tourist,’ the Bharat Nalluri-directed remake of the 2005 French thriller ‘Anthony Zimmer.’

 

The film has emerged as the strongest contender for Cruise’s next film, and his first star vehicle since the long delayed Bryan Singer-directed ‘Valkyrie’.

 

Scripted by “Gosford Park” scribe Julian Fellowes, ‘The Tourist’ is the story of, as the name suggestions, an American tourist who finds his life in danger when a female Interpol agent uses him as a dupe to flush out an elusive criminal with whom she once had an affair.

 

Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum and Jonathan Glickman will produce the pic.

 

Cruise was attached to ‘Edwin A. Salt,’ a drama whose lead role is being redrafted for Angelina Jolie. He will next be seen in a supporting role in “Tropic Thunder.”