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Will Smith in 'Edwin A. Salt': rumour untrue


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Roger Friedman mentioned today that “[Tom] Cruise is probably not going to be playing the role of Edwin A. Salt, a fictional CIA officer who is outed as a spy” in Phil Noyce’s “Edwin A. Salt”.

Says the author, it’s over money. “Apparently, Tom is unaware of the change in his status in the Hollywood community. Where once he was the top-paid star, Cruise now is in a position where a $20 million salary is not possible. I’m told an internal memo went around among the film’s producers and top creators in which the Cruise situation was discussed and names were gathered for a replacement.”

Friedman adds that Will Smith will likely replace Cruise.

Thing is, this isn’t true.

We can confirm that this isn’t true - none of it. High-ranking contacts within the production tell us - and we quote - “The studio, producers,director and potential star (Cruise) are all waiting on a rewrite of the script from Kurt Wimmer,which is due in a few weeks. Will Smith has not been approached to star. Cruise is the only actor who has been approached.”

Cruise is still very much set for “Edwin A. Salt”.


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Jolie replaces Cruise for Salt

Update : Variety has since confirmed our story

Moviehole has been informed by an inside source that Angelina Jolie will replace Tom Cruise as the star of ‘'Edwin A. Salt'' - or "Edwina A. Salt'', as the film will now be suitably retitled.

The Philip Noyce-directed thriller is set for a February shoot in New York.

Rumour has it that Cruise felt the role was a little too similar to that of his ''Mission Impossible'' character - IMF agent Ethan Hunt - and so left the production (He wasn't, contrary to what others say, fired from the production).

After her success as an action heroine in films like "Wanted" and "Mr & Mrs Smith", Jolie was snapped up rather quickly for the role (there is no truth to the rumour that Will Smith was asked to replace Cruise first - Smith was never approached).


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