Tom Cruise out, Sam Worthington in as 'The Tourist'
Sam Worthington is a busy man. He just got his big break in "Terminator: Salvation" and will appear this December in James Cameron's "Avatar." Plus, he's already completed production on a remake of "Clash of the Titans" and he's jumped on board a remake of "The Candidate." Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, he's avoiding any semblance of a break by joining Charlize Theron in "The Tourist."
A remake of a 2005 French thriller (yes, that makes three remakes of some kind for Worthington), "The Tourist" will find the up and coming Aussie playing an American vacationing in Europe who is manipulated by a female Interpol agent (Theron). Tom Cruise was originally expected to play the male lead before dropping out to star in James Mangold's untitled romantic comedy at Fox. Bharat Nalluri ("Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day") will direct from a screenplay by Julian Fellowes ("Gosford Park") and Jeffrey Nachmanoff ("The Day After Tomorrow.")
Theron, much to her credit, hasn't been sitting on the sidelines either. She'll be seen in the indie drama "The Burning Plain" in September and alongside Viggo Mortensen in the long-awaited adaptation of "The Road" in October. Last week it was also announced she's developing a big screen version of Christopher Buckley's novel "Florence of Arabia" as a potential starring vehicle.
Production on "The Tourist" should begin sometime this January.