Actor joins Angelina Jolie on Columbia thriller

Liev Schreiber is in talks to star opposite Angelina Jolie in the spy thriller “Salt” for Columbia Pictures.

Story centers on Evelyn Salt, a CIA officer who is fingered as a Russian sleeper spy. She eludes capture by superiors who are convinced she is out to assassinate the president. While trying to reunite with her family, she struggles to prove someone else is the traitor.

Schreiber will play Salt’s boss and friend on the Russian desk at the CIA.

The Phillip Noyce-helmed pic begins lensing next month in New York.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Sunil Perkash are producing; Ric Kidney and Mark Vahradian exec produce.

Schreiber recently starred in the Holocaust drama “Defiance.” He has two high-profile films awaiting release: Ang Lee’s period drama “Taking Woodstock” and the comicbook tentpole “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”

He is repped by CAA.

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