After Disney dropped Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion Universal picked up the project, set Tom Cruise to star, and set a July 19, 2013 release date. Now according to Variety the studio has changed the title to Horizons (something Disney considered when it was with them) and they’re now searching for two female leads.
As we’ve come to expect with big budget tentpoles, none of the actresses are above the age of 35 and it’s all very vanilla. The names said to be testing soon include Brit Marling, Olivia Wilde, Jessica Chastain, Noomi Rapace and Olga Kurylenko.
Wilde being considered makes sense since she worked with Kosinski on Tron: Legacy, and Cruise met with Noomi Rapace for Mission Impossible 4 but she decided to appear in Sherlock Holmes 2 instead. Chastain is hot property at the moment after starring in Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life and The Help, while Marling was the breakout star of this year’s Sundance Film Festival having co-written and starred in both Another Earth and Sound of My Voice. Olga Kurylenko is best known for playing Bond girl Camille in Quantum of Solace.
The graphic novel on which the movie is based 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. But when surface drone repairman Jack 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 two key female characters include Victoria, Jack’s right-hand woman and lover who serves as his eyes and ears while he’s on repair missions, and Julia, his fiancee on Earth before the alien invasion.