Liev Schreiber in talks to star with gender-bending Angelina Jolie in ‘Salt’

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The next stopover on the Brangelina Express will be to Long Island, where Angelina Jolie will be filming Salt. The family will be moving there shortly, most likely to the enormous Sassafras estate, where Maddox Jolie-Pitt will assign his siblings their rooms.

Even though Salt is very close to its start date, the casting is still being finalized. As it turns out, one of my favorite actors is in negotiations to co-star with Angie in a “major role” in the film – Liev Schreiber! Liev may be familiar because he’s Naomi Watts’ baby-daddy and arm-candy at all of her recent public appearances. I love him for such films as A Walk on the Moon, Sphere and Spring Forward and his numerous stage appearances. He’s also going to be in X-Men: Origins with Hugh Jackman, coming out later this year. AHN has more:

Liev Schreiber is in talks to join Angelina Jolie in the upcoming action-thriller flick “Salt.” The 41-year-old actor is said to be up for a “major role” in the film.

According to, he is in negotiation to appear in the film, which starts filming next month in New York.

Jolie, who reunites with “Bone Collector” director Phillip Noyce in the film, will be playing the title character, a CIA officer who is falsely accused of being a Russian sleeper spy and must escape capture to prove her innocence.

Tom Cruise was originally tapped to play Salt, though the character was changed to a female to suit Jolie.

Schreiber will next be seen in “X-Men: Origins” alongside Hugh Jackman and in “Taking Woodstock” later this year.

From All Headline News (AHN)

Thus far, there have been several smallish controversies involving Salt. The simple fact that Tom Cruise was ousted by a girl being one, plus the rumor that Angelina “demanded” script changes like… a character name change. I hope the Liev rumor is for real (I think it is), because Liev and Angelina would be really good together. He’s a really big guy, so Angelina wouldn’t be able to kick his ass with the ease she usually shows. Although watching her try to kick his ass would be pretty awesome.

Note by Celebitchy: There’s also a story from Life & Style that Angelina’s character in Salt will be going undercover as a man.

Angelina, 33, films a scene as a CIA agent forced to go undercover as a man — call her Mangelina! Her undercover alter ego is Major Vicek, whose mission is to infiltrate The White House. “I’m sure she’ll give Brad, who aged in reverse in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, a run for his money in the makeup department,” an insider tells Life & Style. As Life & Style previously reported, Angelina will temporarily move her brood to New York’s Long Island to film Edwin A. Salt.

[From Life & Style received via e-mail]

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  1. Enonymous says:


  2. jane says:

    who wants to start taking bets that this will be a new challenge for her in more ways than one? i don’t think liev will be swayed though.

  3. truth-SF says:

    Yea, I looooove Liev Schreiber as an actor. He’s one of the most talented and under the rader actors around.

  4. truth-SF says:

    Who want to bet that both actors would be way too busy with their children and significant others to even think about flirting period.

  5. Wonder Woman says:

    I am always curious to see angie in new movies 🙂 bring it

  6. Kristen says:

    Can’t wait to see this one…. let my fantasies begin!

  7. minx says:

    I bet Naomi will stay close to the set.. just in case. Liev and Naomi have a summer house on Long Island so maybe they’ll all hang out with Brangelina and their kids. Let’s hope Sasha Shreiber won’t get beat up by Zahara. She’s tough. 🙂

  8. Sauronsarmy says:

    Naomi better watch out.

  9. Shelly Shellz says:

    Naomi better have a good divorce attorney on stand by…she’s gonna need him w Angelina Holie on the prowl

  10. kiki says:

    Is Hollywood still making big $$$ production movies? I dont see SALT listed on their imdb.
    Liev directed and wrote Everything is Illuminated. one of my fave movies, Sammy Davis seeing eye bitch.

  11. geronimo says:

    Wow. Kind of insulting comments here to both Naomi Watts and Lief…Don’t think Naomi need lose any sleep at all over her man working with AJ.

  12. Mairead says:

    I think you might need to be married in order to get a divorce… I know, the law is such a finicky thing *wink*

    Naomi would snap her in half… Aussies are generally very laid back, but I wouldn’t want to get on the bad side of one! As for Sasha… don’t worry, Princess Z is learning all the tricks of bending people to her ways from her mam *wink*

    If Tommy would turn in a performance anything like Valkyrie, the film is better off without him.

  13. Shelly Shellz says:

    Ugh…so caught up on “specifics” fine…not a good “divorce” attorney on hand. Mel B’s attorney would do her just fine

  14. Annie says:


    Maybe you guys should give Naomi, Liev and Angelina a little more credit than that.

  15. Kaiser says:

    Well, Liev has a well-documented thing for blondes, anyway. I don’t think even a brunette beauty like Angie would tempt him.

  16. kiki says:

    Liev has a well documented thing for blondes

    ah no he doesnt… lol. I beleive Noami is his first blonde

  17. Chiara says:

    Erika Salt Tomb Raider … Jolie in a body suit with guns.

    No surprise this one win’s for female action hero.

    Co-star is irrelevant … it’s always her film.

  18. Ryo says:

    I really hope Liev does this, I love him and think this has a ton of potential to be really good.

  19. debra77 says:

    Such dumb comments Angie is quiet happy with Brad/Kids. Liev is happy too. It would be nice to let crap that may or may not have happened 4+ years ago…GO… I want to see this big time. Angie is one of few if only females in Hollywood who can be feminine and kick ass at the same time.
    Thus them chosing her in the role and not a male actor.. Angie rocks all the way…

  20. NotBlonde says:

    Liev is wonder and fab and cute and has one of the sexiest voices I’ve ever heard. I’d go and see this if he was in it but…I can’t watch Angelina Jolie try to act for more than a few minutes for me *sad horns*

  21. NotBlonde says:

    *wonderFUL. Damn getting rid of the edit function.

  22. Mairead says:

    Kiki – I didn’t realise that Everything is Illuminated was his; that is a really good film, very clever and moving.

    Shelly, it’s just a bit of banter.

    Notblonde – you could always do what I do during Tom Cruise or Val Kilmer when they’re in films; either squeeze my shut and think happy thoughts – or wait until I’m not in a cinema and snort really loudly everytime they turn up… very cathartic. *wink*
    Unfortunately with Richard Gere I can’t help but grimace and keep shouting at him to quit infesting my screen…

  23. Ned says:

    He is a great actor, but people don’t like to watch her films. That’s why every time she is in the lead- the movie fails.

    If she would only play the supporting part and the lead would be someone good, people might consider the film.

    Smells like another Mighty Failure.

  24. kiki says:

    Liev is very sexy , Tall !! good looking in a man way and talented and smart.
    Naomi is a very lucky woman

  25. NotBlonde says:

    Mairead: LOLZ. I believe the teen term was appropriate there 🙂

    I’ll probably end up watching it on my movie website and speeding through to the places where Liev is talking…

    I cannot wait to see that Wolverine Origins movie. Two delicious men with gorgeous voices being all gruff and sweaty…I bet you those audiences will be 2/3 women

  26. mojoman says:

    Liev is a very talented and amazing actor! if you havent seen his movie:Defiance, I recommend you to watch it. If this Salt movie sells, it’s not only because of AJ factor, believe you me!

  27. Faye says:

    Tomb Raider she looked hot— wanted, didn’t like her one bit— changeling, her acting was awful, would of really liked to see someone else playing this role…a man maybe, like it was sopposed to be, Liev would of been a better pick for AJ’s part…Tom Cruise as they were gonna cast would have even been a better pick..not AJ

  28. tigerlille says:

    I like watching Angie do the female action heroine thing (well, except for Wanted, which was excessively and meaninglessly violent, not Jolie’s fault, but still, basically a sick flick, in my opinion), but it is getting a little predictable, somewhat tiresome…

    Ned, I find your practically pathological hatred of Angie quite fascinating.

  29. CEDAR FALLS says:

    Let’s hope AJ eats a little before filming starts. Wanted was ace but that scene where she gets out of the tub and is all pulsating veins, gristle and no ass – the collective gasp in the cinema was not of the “oh she’s hot” kind, but the “oh, I don’t think I can suspend my disbelief long enough to believe a woman that thin could cut it as an action heroine” type. Sort it out woman!

  30. Sarah says:

    Liev is talented and hot too…would like to see him get more high profile roles. Good on him for the upcoming Xmen film, hope Salt works out.