Tom Cruise joins Tron: Legacy director’s Oblivion

Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is certainly making his mark on the Hollywood sci-fi industry – not only is he helming New Regency’s sci-fi thriller Archangel, which tells the story of a secret unit of the military that tracks and hunts down aliens among us, but he’s also in the director’s chair for Oblivion, Universal’s new sci-fi action film (which you may have also heard about under its alternate title Horizons). 

And this just in from DeadlineTom Cruise (who is currently working on a film adaptation of a Broadway musical, Adam Shankman’s Rock of Ages) has committed to starring in the film.

Oblivion, which is scheduled to start filming in October, is “set in a future where the Earth’s surface has been irradiated beyond recognition and the remnants of humanity live above the clouds, safe from the brutal alien Scavengers that stalk the ruins”. Originally the graphic novel was Disney’s to turn into a film, but Universal are now financing and distributing the $100 million film, as Disney didn’t feel the PG-13 story fit in with their canon.

Cruise will play a lone soldier left on Earth (we’re thinking a human Wall-E?) whose job is to repair the drones that patrol and destroy the savage aliens. A total babe crashes her spaceship and challenges the soldier’s world view (which must be pretty bleak, given the “promising” version of the future Oblivion presents!).

The plot sounds a little corny to be honest, and, despite Cruise’s history of playing sympathetic leads, the famous scientologist is already skating on thin ice when it comes to public approval these days – no doubt he will lose significant numbers from his dwindling fan base if this film doesn’t do well.

Discuss: Still, I think I was on to something with that human WALL-E thing!

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