NY Daily News reports that it was more like Kate that was his first choice. The first names are so close - but according to them, Mr. Cruise handpicked Kate Bosworth as his new leading lady. They said she was not interested and others are just denying anything about her involved, but who knows these days.
The NY Times weights in on the are they or aren't they couple by eluding to the fact that this could be the old Hollywood "publicity machine" where "Phony pairings... used to be concocted by studios to promote a movie." In this case Tom wanted to make some covers before the opening weekend of War of the Worlds.