'Wanted': rival for Cruise

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James McAvoy plans on pushing Tom Cruise around next summer.

McAvoy's big film break came with "The Last King of Scotland," and he soon will hit the big-screen big time with Universal/Working Title's upcoming "Atonement."

But he also stars in Uni's upcoming fantasy thriller "Wanted," which the studio moved Wednesday from a March 28 slotting to June 27 -- the same weekend United Artists unspools Cruise's next pic, "Valkyrie." Disney/Pixar's animated "Wall-E" also is set for the same session, but its target family audience overlaps little with "Wanted," which will tote an R rating and skew heavily adult.

"After taking an early look at 'Wanted,' we are certain that it fulfills its promise as a stunning, committed, thrilling, eye-popping vision that introduces a bold new narrative," Uni distribution president Nikki Rocco said. "We believe it can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the event titles of the summer."

"Wanted," which also stars Morgan Freeman and Angelina Jolie, follows a secret society "that carries out the orders of fate itself," according to advance publicity. It marks the first English-language film of Russian helmer Timur Bekmambetov ("Night Watch") and is based on a Mark Millar graphic novel series.
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