Looks like Melissa Leo is capitalizing on her Oscar fame to get some more high profile roles. The Best Supporting Actress winner for The Fighter has just signed on to star in Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion opposite Tom Cruise.
In case you’re just joining us, Oblivion 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 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.”
Deadline has the report, but they’re not quite sure which role Leo will play in the futuristic thriller. Leo joins a strong cast that also includes Jessica Chastain, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, and “Game of Thrones” star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. It’s fitting that Leo won the Oscar for The Fighter, since both she and co-star Christian Bale are two of the most versatile actors working in the business today. Seriously – if you haven’t seen much of her work yet, give it a shot.
Kosinski is coming off a visual success with TRON: Legacy, and this script is based on a 2009 comic he produced for Radical Publishing. The Departed screenwriter William Monahan wrote a draft of the script, and both Karl Gajdusek and Michael Arndt rewrote the film before it went before the cameras. Production just started, and Oblivion hits theaters on April 26th, 2013.