Maggie Grace to join Mangold’s latest

Kate Erbland

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August 28th, 2009

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Maggie Grace is currently in negotiations to join director James Mangold’s latest project, referred to by its current script title, WICHITA. The flick stars Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz in a spy thriller originally conceived of by Patrick O’Neill, and with drafts by Dana Fox, Scott Frank, Nicholas Griffin, Ted Griffin, Laeta Kalogridis, and Mangold himself (collaboration is fun, people).

WICHITA chronicles a lonely lady (Diaz) who turns to internet dating, only to end up on a date with a spy (Cruise), who subsequently ends up taking her on the run with him while he tries to save an unlimited power source he’s created. So, basically, it’s like COLLATERAL meets RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN, but with less Jamie Foxx and no aliens. This is why internet dating is tricky. While this might all sound a bit punchy, that’s sort of the point – Script Shadow did a write up on the script a few weeks back, and Carson Reeves summed it up in two words, “pure fun.” As nutter-butter as this whole thing sounds, I can picture Cruise knocking it out of the park – after all, if TROPIC THUNDER taught us anything, it’s that Tom Cruise is glorious fun if we just let him loose.

Grace is set to play Diaz’s soon-to-be-married sister, who is “excited that Diaz will take the place of their late father and walk her down the aisle.” Something tells me she just might not make that wedding.

The flick will be produced by Mangold's partner Cathy Konrad, along with Todd Garner, Steve Pink, and Joe Roth. Grace recently wrapped up shooting Paul Scheuring’s THE EXPERIMENT, and is currently filming Derek Magyar’s first feature, FLYING LESSONS. Grace is best known for her work on “Lost” (yup, she was lost) and last year’s surprise hit, TAKEN (she was the one who got taken).

The film will start shooting in Boston in October.

Source The Hollywood Reporter

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