Tom Cruise is loosely attached to Food Fight, a warmhearted comedy about a snooty New York chef who is forced to cook meals at a school cafeteria, says The Hollywood Reporter. Cruise would play the role of the chef in the project at Universal-based Working Title.

Veteran screenwriter Adam Brooks (Definitely, Maybe) is attached to write the screenplay. Drillbit Taylor helmer Steven Brill had been in talks to direct Food Fight, but they came to naught; a search for a new director is under way.

“Food Fight” would mark a departure for Cruise, who has made few comedies since his breakout role in 1983’s “Risky business”: His last such lead role was in 1996’s dramedy “Jerry Maguire.”

In Tropic Thunder, Cruise plays an overweight, over-the-top studio executive. He has had other bit comedy parts over the years in films like Austin Powers in Goldmember.



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