By Nicole Sperling
Updated February 18, 2009 at 12:00 PM EST

Liev Schreiber is in talks to play the boss of Angelina Jolie’s character Evelyn Salt in Salt, Columbia Pictures’ action spy movie that begins production next month. If Schreiber closes the deal, he will play Salt’s supervisor and friend on the Russian desk at the CIA. Phillip Noyce (Catch a Fire) is helming and Lorenzo Di Bonaventura (Transformers) and Sunil Perkash (Premonition) are producing. Tom Cruise was originally negotiating to play the title character, but the part was changed to female to accommodate Jolie.