Late last year, Salt director Phillip Noyce became the latest director to sign on for Our Wild Life, based on the story of Kenyan elephant conservationist Daphne Sheldrick. (Whose work was recently documented in the IMAX film Born To Be Wild.) The project had already racked up a pretty troubled history by this point — Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook) was originally attached to direct, but left on bad terms. He eventually sued New Line for not letting him direct from his own rewrite of Jeff Stockwell’s original script. Since then, The Motorcycle Diaries director Walter Salles has picked up and dropped the project, and Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Charlize Theron, and Drew Barrymore have each been reported or rumored to star at some point.

Now, a new story suggests that Nicole Kidman may be the latest actress to attempt to get the project up and running — but her involvement is nowhere near certain. Kidman is said to have “read and liked the script,” which is certainly not the same thing as “signing on to the project.” Indeed, her rep at CAA has said that she is not officially attached to Our Wild Life at this point. Still, it’s possible we’ll be hearing about more solid negotiations sometime in the near future.

Then again, maybe we won’t. As The Playlist points out, scheduling conflicts may ultimately prevent Kidman from coming on board, no matter how much she loved the script. Our Wild Life is reportedly aiming to begin shooting in September, but Kidman has already committed to starring opposite James Franco in Sweet Bird of Youth on Broadway this fall. We’ll keep you updated as Kidman’s involvement, or lack thereof, becomes clearer. [The Wrap via The Playlist]

After the jump, an actress you’ve probably seen but don’t know by name snags not one, not two, but three new roles.

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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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Briefly: Reported earlier this week by Moviehole, we’ve now got official word via press release that Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games, Salt) will direct a Black Hawk Down-style film called Hunter Killer. The source material is a novel called Firing Point by Don Keith and George Wallace. Read More »

Briefly: The creative teams behind Enchanted and Salt are coming together in an unlikely sci-fi pairing. Enchanted scripter Bill Kelly has penned a spec script called Timeless, which Salt director Phillip Noyce is working on a deal to direct. The connective tissue between them is Sunil Perkash, who produced both Enchanted and Salt, and would produce Timeless as well.

Deadline
positions the time-travel script as a sort of sci-fi romance: “A recently wed man loses his wife and discovers after the fact she has left him a fortune. Haunted by an unresolved issue between himself and his wife, the man invests the money to build a time travel device, just to see her one last time.”

No cast is attached at this point. Angelina Jolie is not a part of the film — I’ve merely used a photo of Mr. Noyce on the set of Salt as illustration.

Sequel Talk: Black Dynamite 2 and Salt 2

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Do you want a sequel to Salt? Opinion on the film is decidedly mixed, but without (it seems) a lot of middle ground. I’ve talked to people who like the movie a lot, and dislike it a lot, which might be good enough response to earn a sequel. The film has earned $166m worldwide so far — not a huge return on the $110m production budget, but it’s an Angelina Jolie movie. There’s still money to be made there.

The LA Times says that writer Kurt Wimmer has a sequel idea and that director Phillip Noyce is reportedly interested in a return, as is Angelina Jolie. But the talk seems pretty speculative. Jolie has possible films (Maleficent, the nascent Kay Scarpetta series) and Noyce has possibles like Wenceslas Square and Dirt Music, but nothing firmed up. So if Sony decides it really wants things to be Saltier, then don’t be surprised to see all involved take the easy plunge.

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Salt Movie Trailer #2

Sony Pictures has released a new movie trailer for Phillip Noyce‘s thriller Salt on Apple. The film tells the story of a CIA officer Evelyn Salt, played by Angelina Jolie, who is outed as a Russian sleeper spy, and must evade capture by those who are convinced she’s aiming to assassinate the president.

As a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt swore an oath to duty, honor and country. Her loyalty will be tested when a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. Salt goes on the run, using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative to elude capture. Salt’s efforts to prove her innocence only serve to cast doubt on her motives, as the hunt to uncover the truth behind her identity continues and the question remains: “Who is Salt?”

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  I’m still not interested in this film despite the talent involved. Seems like yet another movie where Angelina Jolie gets to wear a series of bad wigs / disguises while making use of a new accent. The action sequences don’t look too hot either. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Sony Pictures has released some new production photos from Angelina Jolie as Evelyn Salt in Phillip Noyce‘s thriller Salt in anticipation of the Thursday premiere of the film’s second movie trailer on Apple. The film tells the story of a CIA officer who is outed as a Russian sleeper spy, and must evade capture by those who are convinced she’s aiming to assassinate the president.

As a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt swore an oath to duty, honor and country. Her loyalty will be tested when a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. Salt goes on the run, using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative to elude capture. Salt’s efforts to prove her innocence only serve to cast doubt on her motives, as the hunt to uncover the truth behind her identity continues and the question remains: “Who is Salt?”

If you missed the original trailer release, you can watch it now here. Hit the jump to see the new high resolution production photos.

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Salt Movie Trailer: Angelina Jolie Goes on the Run

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Update: An official domestic teaser trailer has been released online, and is now embedded after the jump. The original story follows.

We’ve seen a few photos of Angelina Jolie in character for her lead role in Salt, the political action thriller that was rewritten for the actress when Tom Cruise bailed on the role. Now there’s an international trailer, straight from Russia. First thought: man, they really do some great lip-matching work when dubbing movies over there! Check the Russian trailer after the jump. Read More »

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