For Tom Cruise's Next Trick …

by Tippi Blevins August 12, 2008 11:02 am
For Tom Cruise's Next Trick …

... he's going to turn into Angelina Jolie! He will complete the transformation by hooking up with Brad Pitt and birthing their twin babies in France while the rest of the world grinds to a halt. Oh, OK, not really. In reality, it's just a role swap. Cruise had long been associated the titular role in Columbia Pictures' Edwin A. Salt, but it looks like the role of a CIA officer on the run will now go to Jolie, according to Variety. No reason has been given for the the presto change-o, and it's a bit of a puzzler. There were rumors of Cruise's ridiculous salary demands, but less than a month ago he was still attached to the project. I'd like to think he read the Moviefile last month and went, "Damn, I really do recycle some of my roles!" And then he decided it was time for a change.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the "A-lister is loosely attached to Food Fight, a warmhearted comedy about a snooty New York chef who is forced to cook meals at a school cafeteria with Cruise playing the role of the chef." Ooh, I hope he'll do all his cooking from under a garbage boy's hat!

The plot sounds predictable (is there any doubt that the snooty chef will be won over by the school kids and vice versa?) but it's not like many of Cruise's films have a big surprise factor. At least this one might be a change of pace for him. Unless it turns out he has to prove his innocence in some crime by whipping up half a ton of meat loaf.




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