Update! : A representative of the film tells us that Cruise is the only person that has been approached about the film – but he isn’t yet on board. ”Tom is not set for the film. Cruise has never been officially attached to the project,but will decide on his involvement once the new script is finished.He was previously concerned that the part was too close to his Mission Impossible character.
Roger Friedman mentioned today that that “[Tom] Cruise is probably not going to be playing the role of Edwin A. Salt, a fictional CIA officer who is outed as a spy” in Phil Noyce’s “Edwin A. Salt”.
Says the author, it’s over money. “Apparently, Tom is unaware of the change in his status in the Hollywood community. Where once he was the top-paid star, Cruise now is in a position where a $20 million salary is not possible. Iâ€™m told an internal memo went around among the filmâ€™s producers and top creators in which the Cruise situation was discussed and names were gathered for a replacement.”
Friedman adds that Will Smith will likely replace Cruise.
Thing is, this isn’t true.
We can confirm that this isn’t true – none of it. High-ranking contacts within the production tell us – and we quote – “The studio, producers,director and potential star (Cruise) are all waiting on a rewrite of the script from Kurt Wimmer,which is due in a few weeks.Will Smith has not been approached to star.Cruise is the only actor who has been approached.”