Van Houten joins Cruise for 'Valkyrie'


Carice Van Houten is set to play the female lead opposite Tom Cruise in Bryan Singer's "Valkyrie" for United Artists. Tom Wilkinson also has joined the World War II-set drama.

Penned by Christopher McQuarrie and Nathan Alexander, the story is based on the true-life attempts to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Kenneth Branagh already has joined the cast.

Singer, Paula Wagner and McQuarrie are producing the film, which will begin shooting in July in Berlin.

Van Houten, who will play the love interest to Cruise's character in the film, enjoyed a breakout performance in Paul Verhoeven's Nazi drama "Black Book." The classically trained actress also is a theater veteran in her native Netherlands.

She is repped by CAA.

Wilkinson, whose recent credits include "Batman Begins," "Separate Lies" and "The Exorcism of Emily Rose," was nominated for an Academy Award for 2002's "In the Bedroom."

He is repped by Lou Coulson in the U.K. and Larry Taube at Principal Entertainment.