Chiwetel Ejiofor will star with Angelina Jolie and Liev Schreiber in “Salt,” the Phillip Noyce-directed Columbia Pictures spy thriller.

Ejiofor will play Peabody, a young CIA agent who works for Winter (Schreiber), the mentor of Evelyn Salt (Jolie), an agent fingered as a Russian sleeper spy. With Peabody in hot pursuit, she must clear her name and figure out the identity of the real spy.

Pic begins production next month in Gotham.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Sunil Perkash are producing, and Ric Kidney and Mark Vahradian are exec producers. Kurt Wimmer wrote the script.

Ejiofor just worked for Col, starring in the Roland Emmerich-directed “2012.” He last starred in the David Mamet-directed “Redbelt” for Sony Pictures Classics.

He’s repped by ICM.