'Wanted': rival for Cruise
EmptyJames 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.