Game of Thrones actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is set to co-star alongside Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough, and Olga Kurylenko in the upcoming Joseph Kosinski-directed film Oblivion.
The movie is based on an original idea that Kosinski (Tron: Legacy) made into a graphic novel. In the film Cruise will play a soldier who’s stuck alone on a 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. According to Deadline, "Coster-Waldau will play Sykes, a battle-hardened, physically imposing, intelligent and extremely athletic military technology and weapons expert."
I loved what Kosinski did with the world of Tron, and I'm excited to see what he ends up doing with this film concept. It definitely has a very epic setting, and it sounds pretty ambitious. I can't wait to see how this think turns out. That's if Universal doesn't cancel it before it goes into production. As you know, they've been doing that a lot lately.
Here's a description of the story from Kosinski:
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.
Here's the story description from the Graphic Novel:
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.
The movie is being produced by Universal Pictures and production is set to start this March in Louisiana.