Singer enlists Cruise for UA WWII thriller


Tom Cruise is set to star in Bryan Singer's untitled United Artists project scripted by Christopher McQuarrie and Nathan Alexander. Singer and McQuarrie, who most recently teamed to make the award-winning thriller "The Usual Suspects," are producing.

The untitled thriller is based on actual events and depicts an attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler at the height of World War II.

Cruise did not intend to star in the project, which was acquired last week by UA only as a production. However, during subsequent meetings, Singer became intrigued by the notion of Cruise as a central figure in the story and offered Cruise the role. Cruise signed on Tuesday.

"After reading the script, Tom and I knew immediately that this was a film that we had to make," UA CEO Paula Wagner said. "As an added bonus, because of Bryan Singer's involvement and Tom's admiration for him as a filmmaker, as well as the excellence of the script, the project attracted Tom as an actor. I cannot think of a more perfect combination of creative elements for our second production."

Production is scheduled to begin early this summer. MGM will distribute.

Contrary to earlier reports, the filmmakers are saying the untitled project should not interfere with Singer's mounting of a sequel to "Superman Returns" for Warner Bros. Pictures early next year.

The project marks the second production to be greenlighted under the new UA regime. Production is under way on its inaugural film, "Lions for Lambs," directed by Robert Redford and starring Redford, Meryl Streep and Cruise. "Lambs" is scheduled for release Nov. 9.

Cruise is repped by CAA.
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