This morning brings the first look at Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie in their upcoming crime thriller The Tourist — or as its known to many of us, That Movie That’s Changed Cast and Directors a Thousand Times. The project is in the hands of director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others), who recently joined the project a second time after leaving once already. He was almost replaced by Alfonso Cuaron, only to come back and pick back up once casting was figured out.
Speaking of casting. This is the film that once starred Tom Cruise and Charlize Theron. Cruise would later be replaced by Sam Worthington, who would eventually vacate the role and be replaced by Johnny Depp. Theron also left the project, allowing Angelina Jolie to slide in. Is this an upgrade? It certainly might be.
But all that is in the past (we hope). Here’s what The Sun says the movie is about. “[Depp plays] Frank, an American tourist visiting Italy after experiencing heartache in his personal life. While taking in the sights of Venice, he meets Elise (Jolie) who deliberately crosses his path. Frank falls for her charms and the pair are soon caught in a whirlwind of intrigue and danger.”
At least we have proof that this movie exists. Having covered it from the beginning, following each twist and turn, I can’t say I believe that it’s gotten this far.