The game of musical chairs on the thriller “The Tourist” is continuing with Charlize Theron exiting the Spyglass-produced feature.
While Theron has been attached to “The Tourist,” a remake of the French film “Anthony Zimmer,” for some time, she may be replaced by another Oscar winner.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Angelina Jolie is in talks to take the female lead in the film.
But Theron’s departure is hardly the only change on “The Tourist.” direct Bharat Nalluri (“Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day”) is no longer attached, the trade paper says.
As for the male lead in the drama, which centers on an American tourist who gets enlisted by Interpol to entrap a former flame, well that’s also been in flux. Tom Cruise was, as the trades say, “loosely attached,” but he was replaced by Sam Worthington.
For now, Jolie’s involvement is still rumor-only, with the “Changeling” star already transitioning off of an action-thriller in “Salt.” Even if Jolie does sign on and “The Tourist” secures a new director, it will still be a rush to get production going by early 2010, as had tentatively been the plan.