Jolie Takes Role Meant for Cruise

Spy thriller lead must undergo gender change
By Elizabeth Wolff,  Newser User
Posted Aug 12, 2008 12:12 PM CDT
Angelina Jolie looks on as Clint Eastwood speaks at the press conference for the film "Changeling" at the Cannes Film Festival in May.   (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
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(Newser) – What Angelina Jolie wants, she gets. The actress is nearing a deal to play the lead in a spy thriller originally intended for Tom Cruise, Variety reports. The well-regarded script, Edwin A. Salt, is the story of a CIA agent on the run from espionage charges. Should Jolie seal the deal, the character will get a sex change and the script will be edited to suit the new star’s demands.