EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has acquired the action-heist spec script Swindle, which will be developed by Moneyball producer Michael De Luca as a star vehicle for Megan Fox and Zoe Saldana. The actresses will produce with De Luca. Enzo Mileti and Scott Wilson wrote the script. The storyline is being kept under wraps but the spec sold after both Universal and Paramount chased it. The project came out of a desire by Fox and Saldana to do a movie together.
Fox is currently starring in Friends With Kids, and next stars opposite Sacha Baron Cohen in the Paramount comedy The Dictator and the Judd Apatow-directed ensemble comedy This Is Forty with Paul Rudd, Chris O’Dowd, and Leslie Mann. She has bounced back nicely after leaving the Transformers franchise.
Saldana is currently shooting the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Trek sequel and will next star in the Guillaume Canet-directed Blood Ties, opposite Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, and Marion Cotillard. She starred with Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Irons in The Words, which sold at Sundance to CBS Films. Saldana is currently in negotiations to star opposite Christian Bale-Casey Affleck in Out of the Furnace, which Scott Cooper is attached to direct at Relativity Media.
Fox, Saldana, Mileti, and Wilson are all represented by ICM. Saldana is also represented by Brillstein Entertainment Partners.