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Tom Cruise signs on to star in political thriller

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Tom Cruise is set to get all political on us in a new, as-yet-untitled film from Dan Fogelman, the writer of Disney’s Tangled .

Cruise has signed on to star as a hitherto squeaky clean politician who is caught having an affair, and returns to his hometown a broken man.

There, according to Deadline , he attempts to “lick his wounds, repair his relationships and confront his past”.

Even though the movie’s landed a big star like Cruise, a deal’s in place that means Cruise gets $2m off the bat, and a further $3m if (yeah, if ) the movie gets made.

That "if" seems a moot point given Fogelman’s 'hot property' status at the moment. The writer also sold his Crazy, Stupid, Love script for $2.5m (it’s out this year starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone), while he’s got a story credit on Cars 2 .

Next in the pipeline for Cruise is Rock Of Ages , the adaptation of the Broadway musical that’ll test out his actual pipes, while Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol opens 26 December.