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Salt: Sneak Peek

As a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt (Angeline Jolie) swore an oath to duty, honor and to 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, the real question still remains: "Who Is Salt?" Check the production notes after the break to know more about the upcoming action thriller.

Catch our review of "Salt" here.

The contemporary spy thriller "Salt" began life with an offhand comment Angelina made a few years ago. “I was meeting with (Sony Pictures Co-Chairman) Amy Pascal a few years ago when it came up in conversation that she was getting ready to make one of the new James Bond films. I playfully said, ‘I want to be Bond!’ That was our little joke, and then she found this project.” Amazingly, screenwriter Kurt Wimmer had originally conceived the role of Salt to be played by a male actor. Like all motion picture projects, the screenplay then went through several drafts but the biggest change occurred when the filmmakers envisioned Jolie in the title role. Very quickly, “Edwin Salt” became “Evelyn Salt.”

“When we changed the gender of the main character, we began to question the dynamic of every scene,” explains producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. “We didn’t simply question whether a woman would make all the same choices but also how the other characters would act or react differently, given that it’s a woman. It was a huge change that rippled through the entire script.”

Principal photography began with early scenes of Salt’s escape from the CIA building where she works after a Russian defector accuses her of being a sleeper spy. After a week in Washington, the film company moved to New York, where much of the story is also set. A designated New York City landmark, the Byzantine edifice of St. Bartholomew’s Church on Park Avenue provided the interiors and exteriors for the funeral scenes, a key sequence in the story of Salt. On several days, costume designer Sarah Edwards and her team dressed over seven hundred extras for the massive funeral procession made up of mourners, military honor guards, New York City Police officers, bagpipers, as well as secret security agents surrounding the U.S. President, and Russian security, there to protect the Russian President, who delivers a eulogy for the late Vice President. The city of New York in particular offered the filmmakers a great variety of practical locations to film. “I take tremendous pleasure in finding locations that are suitable for the storytelling,” Chambliss says. “And that was one of the great things about this project: the variety was wonderful. New York is so rich in terms of what it offers filmmakers.”


"Salt" looks to be a promising film indeed. Get to know who really Salt is starting July 26, 2010. This film is brought to you by Columbia Pictures.

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