Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski has officially cast Tom Cruise in his upcoming sci-fi film project Oblivion. Cruise will play “a soldier who’s stuck alone on the planet, repairing the drones that patrol and destroy a savage alien life form. He encounters a beautiful woman who crashes in a craft, and their experience together forces him to question his world view.” There's been talk of Cruise to be up for the leading role for awhile, but now it's official. The actor was supposed to star in Guillermo Del Toro’s At the Mountains of Madness, but that fell through, and it gave him the time to do this. I think Cruise is a great choice for this film, it will be cool to see him dive into some fun sci-fi stuff again. Just think of how awesome he was in Minority Report.
This is a film project I've been looking forward to seeing come to life. It just sounds really damn cool. The movie was originally set up at Disney but they dropped it, and it ended up over at Universal Pictures. Kosinski started the original project as a graphic novel with the plan to adapt it into a movie. The initial script for the film was written by Karl Gajdusek, and later there was a rewrite by William Monahan.
Here's Kosinki's description of the story:
It’s a sci-fi adventure that spans two different worlds and two different times. It’s epic in terms of its scale and scope, but it’s a character driven story with a small cast.” … “I first came up with the concept when I moved from New York to Los Angeles. I was inspired by old sci-fi models like The Twilight Zone” to find an emotional, dramatic story that would raise interesting questions and play with perspective. I wanted to build the story around those few characters, but at the same time ask the bigger universal questions that are integral to science fiction, questions about our existence, our purpose in the big scheme of things. … The main character, Jak, is an ex-soldier who works as a drone repairman on this barren planet. He fixes the drones that patrol the surface looking to destroy what’s left of the Scavengers, a savage alien race. Jak has a partner, Vika, who’s a by the book kind of career officer and she works as his “eye-in-the-sky,” scanning for damaged drones and monitoring Scavenger activity. One day, Jak comes across a spacecraft that’s crashed, and inside he finds this mysterious woman in “deltasleep.” He rescues her from the Scavengers and takes her back to their Skytower, which is high above the clouds. When the woman wakes up, her story turns their lives upside down and sends each of them on an adventure of self-discovery.
Heres the story description from the Graphic Novel which comes out later this year:
From Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski and critically acclaimed creator Arvid Nelson (Rex Mundi) comes an original sci-fi adventure of epic proportions. In a future where the Earth’s surface has been irradiated beyond recognition, the remnants of humanity live above the clouds, safe from the brutal alien Scavengers that stalk the ruins. But when surface drone repairman Jak discovers a mysterious woman in a crash-landed pod, it sets off an unstoppable chain of events that will force him to question everything he knows.
What do you all think about Tom Cruise being cast as the lead in this new sci-fi film?