Angelina Jolie is reported to be set to take on an action role originally thought to be going to Tom Cruise.

Several male actors were interested in the Edward A. Salt CIA drama but since Cruise dropped out it looks like the lead role will now go to a woman.

Hollywood paper Variety reports that the script will be redrafted to accommodate a female lead after Jolie expressed her interest.

Edward A. Salt will also now have to undergo a title change.

The film tells the tale of a CIA officer who is accused by a defector of being a Russian sleeper spy and must elude capture long enough to establish their innocence.

Jolie is no stranger to action roles, having recently starred in Wanted as an assassin alongside Morgan Freeman and James McAvoy and again as an assassin in Mr and Mrs Smith with Brad Pitt.

The CIA role is a far cry from Jolie's in real life, having recently given birth to twins, taking her family with Pitt to six children.

12/08/2008 11:38:04