The next big action star, Sam Worthington, is stepping in to replace one from the old guard, Tom Cruise, on The Tourist. Charlize Theron has been attached to the project — a remake of the French thriller, Anthony Zimmer — for nearly a year. Tom Cruise had initially signed on, but opted instead to do James Mangold’s Wichita, opposite Cameron Diaz.
This is the latest movie in Sam Worthington’s career, which has him set up to be one of the biggest stars on the planet by March of next year. He’s the lead in James Cameron’s Avatar, the lead in the remake of The Clash of the Titans, and he’s already made his presence known in Terminator Salvation, where he bettered Christian Bale in the actressin’ department. Worthington has also completed Late Night — with Keira Knightley and Eva Mendes — will will be released in March, the same month Clash of the Titans hits the big screen.
The Tourist is about an Interpol Agent played by Theron, who uses an American tourist in an attempt to flush out an elusive criminal who was once her lover. Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day) is set to direct from the screenplay written by
Julian Fellowes (Vanity Fair, Gosford Park), which seems like an odd choice for a thriller that is neither a costume drama or a comedy of manners.