Apparently the new way to make your old screenplay idea seem fresh is to rewrite one of the major roles for a woman to play it. It worked for Salt, it's the idea behind Helen Mirren's lead role in The Tempest, and now Sigourney Weaver-- the queen of playing women who act like men-- will be giving the gender-bending another go. According to Deadline she and Bruce Willis are in talks to star in The Cold Light of Day, a thriller already starring Henry Cavill as a young American teenager forced to track down his family while they are vacationing in Spain.

Willis would be playing the father, while Weaver's role is the villain, presumably a kidnapper with some role in the government conspiracy at the heart of things. JCVD director Mabrouk El Mekchri is directing the screenplay by Scott Wiper and John Petro, which recently got a new drat from The Wire writer and Lush Life novelist Richard Price-- the most promising part of this entire story.

The movie sounds way too similar like the upcoming Taylor Lautner vehicle Abduction, about a teenager who goes on the run when he realizes his parents aren't who they say they are. Weaver is in that one too, believe it or not, which has me wondering if she's just keeping tabs on the hot young actors of Hollywood because, well, she can. When it comes time for a Lautner vs. Cavill death match to become the official Next Big Thing, Weaver will be the only one who can truly make the decision.

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