Preview by: Jack Foley
TOM Cruise shows no sign of letting up his blistering form of
late, if the early buzz surrounding his next project is anything
to go by.
Having earned himself considerable critical acclaim for The
Last Samurai (but, curiously, no awards), the actor will be
appearing in Michael Manns latest project, Collateral, before
heading on to Mission
Impossible 3, to be directed by Narc
helmer, Joe Carnahan.
Taking place over the course of a single night, in Los Angeles,
Collateral finds Cruise playing a hired killer, who kidnaps a
cabbie (Jamie Foxx, of Any Given Sunday fame), and then forces
him to drive him around to his appointments.
The film co-stars the likes of Mark Ruffalo (of In
The Cut/My Life Without
Me) fame, who replaced Val Kilmer, as well as established
character actors, Dennis Farina and Javier Bardem (of The
Dancer Upstairs, etc).
It will be directed by Mann, from a script by Frank Darabont
and Stuart Beattie, and will be distributed by Dreamworks during
the latter part of the year.
Darabont, of course, is still best known for his seminal work,
The Shawshank Redemption, so it is obvious from the talent assembled,
that this should feature among the years heavy-hitters.
For his part, Cruise has gone grey, looking older than in recent
movies, as evidenced by the first on-line picture to be released
from it (above).
Another of the co-stars, Jada Pinkett-Smith, who plays an Assistant
Attorney on his hit-list, is deliriously excited, gushing praise
for her fellow performers.
In an interview posted on the Z-Review, she describes Foxx as
incredible and Cruise as a ball of sunshine,
adding: "He's just a ball of electricity and I really, really
enjoy him. It's been a wonderful experience and I'm having a lot
On the strength of its cast alone, audiences look set to do the