United Artists has set Tom Cruise to star for director Bryan Singer in the untitled WWII thriller that will begin production in the summer, says Variety.

Chris McQuarrie wrote the script with Nathan Alexander. Singer and McQuarrie will produce, and Alexander will be co-producer.

United Artists partners Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner made a deal last week for the film which is the first original project teaming Singer and McQuarrie since The Usual Suspects.

Cruise and Wagner quickly agreed to set the film as UA's second production commitment. The first is Lions for Lambs, the Robert Redford-directed drama that stars Redford, Cruise and Meryl Streep. That film, scripted by Matthew Michael Carnahan, will be released Nov. 9 by MGM.

Singer and McQuarrie brought the WWII project to Cruise and Wagner because they felt the material would be a good match for UA. Singer, who is in the early stages of mounting a sequel to Superman Returns, was able to fit it in before the Man of Steel is ready to take off again for Warner Bros.

The thriller is based on actual events, as German generals hatch a scheme to assassinate Adolph Hitler at the height of WWII. While the film is based in Europe during WWII, it is a relatively inexpensive film compared with the higher-profile films that Singer has directed recently.