'Tourist' traps Theron, Worthington

Duo starring in remake of French spy thriller

Charlize Theron and Sam Worthington finally got their passports.

The Oscar-winning actress and the much-in-demand Aussie star, who is taking over for Tom Cruise, have signed to star in Spyglass Entertainment's thriller remake "The Tourist."

Theron, who has long been attached to the project, and Worthington will be the leads in the redo of the 2005 French spy thriller "Anthony Zimmer," written and directed by Jerome Salle. In the original, a female Interpol agent chooses an everyman American tourist visiting France and dangles him as bait in the hunt for a wanted criminal, who's also her former lover.

Bharat Nalluri ("Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day") is directing from a screenplay by Julian Fellowes, Bill Wheeler and Chris McQuarrie.

Canal Plus is co-producing with Spyglass. Filming is scheduled to begin in January.

Cruise had been flirting with the project since last year, before he finally moved on to the untitled James Mangold project at Fox.

Worthington, repped by CAA and Industry Entertainment, last starred in "Terminator Salvation." He next stars in James Cameron's "Avatar," which Fox will release in December, and "Clash of the Titans," which Warner Bros. will release in March. He also just became attached to star in a remake of the Danish thriller "The Candidate" for Summit.

Theron, who is repped by WME and One Talent Management, next stars in Guillermo Arriaga's directorial debut, "The Burning Plain," which hits theaters in September, and the Cormac McCarthy adaptation "The Road," in theaters in October. She is also producing, and potentially starring in, an adaptation of the Christopher Buckley novel "Florence of Arabia."