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It’s not much to go on, but this first still from The Tourist, starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, is remarkable simply for the fact that it exists. There were so many recastings and director changes that I’m vaguely impressed by the fact that this remake of the 2005 French film Anthony Zimmer is actually rolling.

To recap: this was to star Tom Cruise and Charlize Theron, then Sam Worthington replaced Cruise before Johnny Depp replaced Worthington. Theron stepped out and Jolie stepped in. Meanwhile, Bharat Nalluri was going to direct, then von Donnersmarck came on, then he walked, Alfonso Cuarón was briefly courted as director, then von Donnersmarck came back. Whew. What’s the movie about? Spies, basically. Or, as The Sun (source of this photo) says,

Depp is “Frank, an American tourist visiting Italy after experiencing heartache in his personal life. While taking in the sights of Venice, he meets Elise (Angelina) who deliberately crosses his path. Frank falls for her charms and the pair are soon caught in a whirlwind of intrigue and danger.”

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