When Universal picked up Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion after Disney bailed earlier this year there was talk of Tom Cruise circling the project, and now Deadline has confirmed that Cruise will indeed star in the film.
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 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.”
Kosinski, who last directed Tron Legacy for Disney, will begin shooting Oblivion in October with a budget of around $100 million. Cruise’s last sci-fi movie was Spielberg’s War of the Worlds in 2005, so it’ll be interesting to see the actor back in the genre with a cool concept like this. Cruise will be seen in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol in December and is currently filming the musical Rock of Ages.