the tourist finds a new director

Last week, one of the biggest news stories had to do with the the Oscar winning switcheroo between Charlize Theron and Angelina Jolie for the film, The Tourist. Theron was originally set to star opposite Sam Worthington, but dropped out for undisclosed reasons. Jolie was then tapped to replace her, and all was well until word spread that the film’s director also dropped out.

According to Variety, German director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck has been named as the top contender to helm The Tourist for Spyglass Entertainment. He’s taking over for Bharat Nalluri, whom the film was originally being developed for. The director is best known for his Oscar winning 2006 film The Lives of Others. In the movie, Jolie will play a female Interpol agent who draws an unwitting American tourist (Worthington) into her attempt to locate a criminal who was once her lover.

The film is an American remake of the 2005 French thriller Anthony Zimmer, and is scheduled for release in 2011. I would say this sounds exciting, but I’d be lying. I’m on the fence with this movie’s set up, because how many times are we going to see Angelina Jolie play this type of character? It’s starting to become redundant.

What do you think of Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck directing The Tourist?