By EW Staff
Updated April 20, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT
Credit: Mr. and Mrs. Smith: Stephen Vaughn
  • Movie

We’re dying to see ”Mr. and Mrs. Smith”


WHY WE CAN’T WAIT Sure, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have both denied having an on-set affair that helped end Pitt’s marriage to Jennifer Aniston. That’s not going to stop anyone from buying a ticket to watch these two pieces of human eye candy together on screen.

THE PREMISE Nothing revives a stagnant marriage like learning that your spouse is a top-secret assassin, and that he/she has been contracted to kill you. (Think Prizzi’s Honor meets True Lies.) Apparently, the couple that slays together stays together.

SOURCE A screenplay by Simon Kinberg, also represented this summer by XXX: State of the Union and Fantastic Four

THE BACKSTORY The shoot was endless, as director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) focused on every detail; some days no shots were completed. ”I don’t analyze myself,” Liman says. ”I just know when I like it.”

BURNING QUESTION Will we see sparks on screen? And will we be able to read them for clues as to what went on offscreen?

COME FOR The fireworks

STAY FOR The tender domestic drama. Liman says he wanted to ”take the things that an action film holds sacred and say, ‘This stuff’s easy compared to maintaining a marriage.”’

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • 112 minutes
  • Doug Liman