http://filmforce.ign.com/articles/367/367973p1.html It seems that Timothy Spall is set to join Cruise again after also being in Vanilla Sky. The Last Samuria tells the story of "an American Civil War veteran who travels to Japan as a mercenary. He helps the Emperor's army against the samurai warlords." and is being scripted by John Logan of Gladiator fame. http://filmforce.ign.com/articles/364/364194p1.html Filming starts in early 2003 in Japan and New Zealand.