Actor in talks to join Charlize Theron in film

Sam Worthington is in talks to join Charlize Theron in “The Tourist,” the Spyglass remake of the 2005 French thriller “Anthony Zimmer” that will be directed by Bharat Nalluri.

Theron became attached last fall to play a female Interpol agent who uses an American tourist in an attempt to flush out an elusive criminal who was once her lover. Worthington came into the loop after Tom Cruise dropped out.

“The Tourist” was one of the projects Cruise seriously considered before selecting the untitled James Mangold-directed action comedy that was once titled “Wichita,” in which Cruise will star alongside Cameron Diaz.

Cruise’s consideration definitely stalled the momentum of “The Tourist,” which Spyglass originally had hoped to put into production last March. Theron’s presence kept it viable, though, and it is back on the fast track with Worthington.

The actor, who just starred in “Terminator Salvation,” toplines the James Cameron-directed 3-D drama “Avatar” for 20th Century Fox. Worthington is also the lead in a “Clash of the Titans” remake for Warner Bros. and stars with Keira Knightley and Eva Mendes in the Massy Tadjedin-scripted “Last Night,” both of which open in March. He also starred with Helen Mirren in the John Madden-directed “The Debt,” which hasn’t yet been set for release.

“The Tourist” was scripted by Julian Fellowes, rewritten by Chris McQuarrie (who worked closely with notes from Cruise) and Jeff Nachmanoff did the latest revision, based on McQuarrie’s rewrite.

While Spyglass has to lock down its deals before aligning with one of the studios with which is has output deals, production is slated to begin in early 2010.

“The Tourist” is being produced by Spyglass in partnership with Studio Canal. Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum and Jonathan Glickman are producing.

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