Denzel Washington has been the guy to partner up with of recent. Whether it's American Gangster or The Taking of Pelham 123, the actor does well playing off another man. The same holds true for The Matarese Circle. Denzel Washington will co-star with Tom Cruise in the adaptation of the Robert Ludlum thriller.
Tom Cruise for The Matarese Circle
In The Matarese Circle, Cruise and Washington will play two bitter enemy spies who, after spending two decades trying to kill each other, grudgingly team up against the Matarese, a powerful group at the root of a conspiracy.
David Cronenberg will direct off a script by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas. The film will take Ludlum's Cold War premise and contemporize it.
Two things to note about the film's production. First - It should be pointed out that while MGM will be producing the picture, there will be absolutely no UA involvement. Showing confidence in the franchise, the studio has already purchased screen rights to the sequel, The Matarese Countdown.
MGM hopes to get Circle into production this year so they can catch a 2010 release.