Tom Cruise is in talks to star as a contract killer in a new film for 'Heat' director Michael Mann.

Variety reports that 'Collateral' takes place over one night in LA and tells the story of a taxi driver who is taken hostage by the killer and forced to drive him to his various targets.

There is no information at present on who will play the taxi driver but it is hoped that 'Collateral' will begin filming in October.

Cruise has recently completed work on action epic 'The Last Samurai', which is due for release later this year.