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Cruise ponders mining 'Salt' character

July 23, 2007 at 6:00 PM

HOLLYWOOD, July 23 (UPI) -- Columbia Pictures is negotiating with Terry George to direct Hollywood's take on "Edwin A. Salt," a drama being developed with Tom Cruise in mind.

Cruise has reportedly been considering "Edwin A. Salt" for months and the studio has been engaged in finding the right director, Variety reported Monday. The studio said it wants Cruise to play the title role, a CIA officer fingered by a defector as a Russian sleeper spy. Salt must elude capture by his superiors and sets out to prove his innocence.

Cruise has several projects in the pipeline, including the Robert Redford-directed "Lions for Lambs" and the Bryan Singer-directed "Valkyrie" for United Artists.

George, who directed "Hotel Rwanda," just finished "Reservation Road," a Focus Features drama starring Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Connelly and Mira Sorvino.

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