Looks like Edwin A. Salt is about to add some spice to its script. Although Tom Cruise was originally attached to play the 2010 thriller’s title character — a member of the CIA who’s accused of spying for the Russians — news came yesterday that Columbia Pictures plans on rewriting the role for Angelina Jolie. (Click here to read Hollywood Insider’s scoop.) Even though I’m kind of over watching Jolie play some form of spy/killer/otherworldly beast, news like this always excites me, seeing as I’m always in support of women playing rad ass-kicking roles rather than just the stereotypical girlfriend/prostitute/single-woman-dying-to-get-married parts Hollywood often hands them. (Plus, these days, I admittedly would rather watch a caterpillar star in a movie than Tom Cruise.)
Of course, this isn’t the first time this has happened. 2005’s Flightplan, for one, was written for a male lead until Jodie Foster took over the role. And though that film definitely had its flaws — not to be blamed on Foster — it was nice to see Hollywood think outside the box a little. Now, if only we could go back in time and rewrite more films: For example, as much as I love, love, love Ah-nold in 1987’s Predator (pictured left), wouldn’t it be awesome to see an actress take on the ultimate testosterone-laced role (my vote would be for the criminally underused Michelle Yeoh, pictured right)?
Your turn, PopWatchers! What male roles would you like to see played by a woman instead? And vice-versa?
addCredit(“Arnold Schwarzenegger in Predator and Michelle Yeoh: Everett Collection; Gregg DeGuire/WireImage”)