Exclusive... From Maverick to 'Mena,' Tom Cruise Sheds Famous Pilot Role For Grittier Character - NO INTERNET USE WITHOUT PRIOR AGREEMENT

Universal Pictures just announced that the Tom CruiseDoug Liman CIA film Mena has been retitled American Made and is getting pushed by nine months into a spot that will be chest-bumping other tentpole films. American Made, based on the real-life exploits of Barry Seal, a hustler and pilot unexpectedly recruited by the CIA in the 1980s to run one of the biggest covert operations in U.S. history, will now open September 29, 2017, instead of January 6, 2017. That moves the Imagine Entertainment/Cross Creek film that reunites the Edge of Tomorrow director and actor into a faceoff with Sony’s Denzel Washington The Equalizer sequel and drops it one week before Warner Bros’ untitled Blade Runner sequel with Harrison Ford.

The film is produced by Imagine’s Brian Grazer, Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson and Quadrant Pictures’ Doug Davison, and Kim Roth.

Source: Deadline