How many casting and creative shake ups can one movie take? Charlize Theron and Sam Worthington were originally set to star opposite one another in The Tourist, with Bharat Nalluri set to direct. The next thing you know, Theron’s out and is replaced by Angelina Jolie, then Nalluri’s out and is replaced by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, who has since left and now Worthington has jumped ship right along with him. There’s only one person who can save this train wreck, Mr. Johnny Depp.
According to Variety, Depp is in talks to star opposite Angelina Jolie in a role that was recently vacated by Terminator Salvation star, Sam Worthington. He will play an American tourist drawn into a web of intrigue and danger by a female Interpol agent (Jolie) as she attempts to locate a criminal who was once her lover. Both Worthington and Von Donnersmarck left the film over creative differences.
Now that the director’s chair is once again vacant, Sony already has several people in mind to takeover the job including Alfonso Cuaron. The news of Depp’s involvement comes completely out of left field, because his next expected project was supposed to be Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. The actor was brought into The Tourist loop via his relationship with one of the film’s producers, Graham King, whom Depp worked with on The Rum Diary.
The combination of Depp and Jolie seems like a match made in heaven. They both have a lot of charisma and a strong onscreen presence, plus cheekbones to die for. This is seriously one of those incidents where you won’t be able to keep your eyes off the screen. Nothing against Worthington, but at least now we won’t have to hear him struggle to put on an American accent, we can just get the real deal.
What do you think of Johnny Depp starring opposite Angelina Jolie?