Variety is reporting that Tom Cruise is looking at three different projects, deciding which one will be his next endeavor. Two of the three are from major studios (Warner Bros. Pictures and 20th Century Fox), and the last is an independent venture.
The indie appears to be the favorite of the three: Lions for Lambs, a political drama revolving around a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. Written by Matthew Carnahan (State of Play), the project is shaping up with Robert Redford likely to direct as well as play a role.
Cruise is being courted to play a congressman and Meryl Streep for a role as a journalist.
Cruise is also eyeing The Ha-Ha, a Chuck Leavitt-scripted adaptation of a Dave King novel at Warner Bros. The actor would play a Gulf War vet rendered mute by his injuries who’s charged with the care of a 9-year-old whose mother goes AWOL.
The actor’s also been talking to helmer Spike Lee about Selling Time, a Fox drama about a man who sells back chunks of time in his life for a chance to relive and change the worst day of his life. Lee has met with Cruise several times and is working on a rewrite of a script by Dan McDermott.