By Joshua Rich
Updated February 11, 2009 at 12:00 PM EST

Tom Cruise is eyeing a starring role opposite Denzel Washington in the upcoming Robert Ludlum adaptation The Matarese Circle, says The Hollywood Reporter. Cruise, the trade publication reports, “is in finalnegotiations to take on the role of the Russian spy VasiliTaleniekov, mortal enemy of American intelligence operative BrandonScofield, to be played by Washington.” David Cronenberg (Eastern Promises) will direct the project for MGM, whose United Artists division is partly owned by Cruise. The screenplay adaptation is being written by Derek Haas and Michael Brandt (3:10 to Yuma, Wanted), as well as Cronenberg, and the movie could be released in 2010.