Tom Cruise signs on to sci-fi film 'Oblivion'


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Nine years after Minority Report, Tom Cruise is going back to the future. EW has confirmed that, as first reported by Deadline, Cruise has signed on to star in Universal’s sci-fi film Oblivion. The movie, which will be directed by TRON: Legacy helmer Joseph Kosinski, is set in a post-apocalyptic future in which the Earth has become so dangerous and inhospitable that humankind has moved up above the clouds. Cruise will play a soldier assigned to live alone on the planet’s surface, repairing the probes and drones that patrol the ruined wasteland to search out and destroy remnants of a savage alien race. One day, he finds a mysterious woman in a crash-landed space pod, setting off events that force him to question everything he knows. 

Kosinksi came up with the story and, with writer Arvid Nelson and illustrator Andree Wallin, developed it into a graphic novel that will be released later this year as a precursor to the movie and a way to seed the fanboy audience. Kosinski has said that he envisions Oblivion, which was originally set up at Disney, as “a very spare science fiction film with a small cast but big ideas and big landscapes.” The project will be the next film for Cruise, who is currently at work on the big-screen adaptation of the rock and roll musical Rock of Ages. Oblivion is slated to begin shooting in October, and Universal has budgeted it at $100 million.

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  • TaylorSwiftHasBeenShot

    Sounds like a good title for his career.

    • KS

      Is this movie the human version of WALL-E? Because it seems pretty similar…

      • darclyte

        I thought the exact same thing. Also, is Tom still a viable leading actor?

  • bobbyv

    I’m not a huge Cruise fan, but I will say if he never makes a film again, he has nothing to be ashamed of. Any actor in Hollywood would kill for his career. That said, Sci-Fi and Tom Cruise are always a good mix, imo. I’ll definitely see this.

    • NoCruise

      They are a good mix, even his ‘religion’ is SciFi.

      • D


      • @bigot

        Hey bigot, so you believe in what? god? or some other fantasy character like the billions of others? Hypocrite

      • T

        Or he’s an atheist… Douche.

  • barney

    Sounds good, love Tommy boy

    • Lily

      x 2

  • Jesse

    So it’s a live-action WALL-E. Way to go.

    • Bek

      That was my exact thought. “I’ve seen this before…”

      • NoCruise

        A fleshy, couch-jumping Wall-E.

  • Al

    When I first saw “Oblivion”, I was so happy, I thought it was gonna be based on The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion… =(
    Well, someday, maybe…

    • ks

      you mean it’s not? of well for me too.

    • s

      Me too! I’m disappointed to say the least

  • Lara

    Sounds like an interesting movie. I miss the scifi flicks like Solaris and A.I. I’m definitely not gonna miss this one.

  • ziggy

    Tom Cruise is desperately trying to remain relevant. I think the film sounds really interesting; however, him being cast as the lead is ALL wrong. He overacts and just makes my skin crawl.

  • Radzinsky

    Wait… a remake of “WALL-E” already? This honestly reads like a joke by how disturbingly close it sounds to the Pixar film.

  • Amy

    Why does that sound exactly like the plot for Moon? Anyway, I wish Tom Cruise would go back to making movies like Rain Man, Jerry Maguire and Magnolia. I mean, Collateral was good and I liked Valkyrie a lot, but he has to remind people that he is a legitimately fantastic actor. Whenever that happens, I’ll be waiting.

  • Greg

    can you say winning! cruise is so smooth!

  • PNK

    Minority Report is one of the best modern flicks, add a little War of the Worlds, and with this one Tom cruises for the trifecta!

  • Silver

    I hope that Tom Cruise does more dramas from now on. He is pigeonholing himself as an actor who just does huge blockbusters.
    I’ve always wanted to see him do a movie with Julia Roberts and one with Tom Hanks. They are all incredible actors and it would be amazing to see them bounce off each other in a film.

  • Tony

    Too late Tom Cruise, You re the new Bruce Willis.

    • Marty

      I thought Ashton Kutcher was.

  • Marty

    Sounds kind of like Soldier with Kurt Russell.

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