Remember back when we reported that Angelina Jolie was coming on to the project known as Salt, taking over for Tom Cruise and forcing a re-write of the script to change the title character’s name from Edwin A. Salt to Evelyn A. Salt? This is that film, and it doesn’t look half bad. Essentially, this trailer shows the film to be Jason Bourne, but with a way better body.

Evelyn Salt (Jolie) is a CIA officer who swore an oath to duty, honor, and country. When she is accused by a defector of being a Russian sleeper spy, Salt goes on the run to clear her name and ultimately prove she is a patriot. Using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative, she must elude capture and protect her husband or the world’s most powerful forces will erase any trace of her existence.

It’s clear that this would’ve been a cool role for Tom Cruise, it would have been very much in the vein of Mission: Impossible and thus potentially run-of-the-mill. The switch to Salt being a woman, and being played by Jolie, does add a new dimension. A dimension that makes this film worth looking forward to.

Salt also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Liev Schreiber, and is directed by Phillip Noyce (Clear and Present Danger, Patriot Games). It hits theaters on July 23, 2010. Note: We’ve removed the Russian trailer at the request of the studio, and replaced it with the new, official domestic trailer courtesy of Yahoo Movies.

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