Kurylenko and Riseborough Join Tom Cruise in ‘Oblivion’


Riseborough Kurylenko Oblivion CruiseJoseph Kosinski‘s follow-up to TRON: Legacy has undergone a series of name changes as the title Horizons and Oblivion have been batted back and forth and now, with new casting news, Variety is referring to the film as an untitled sci-fi pic. I’ll be sticking with Oblivion for the time being, but I just thought I’d get that out of the way so we all know what we’re talking about.

That said, we now have news Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace) and Andrea Riseborough (W.E.) have signed on to star opposite Tom Cruise in the film penned by William Monahan (The Departed) in which Cruise plays a soldier whose job is to repair the drones that patrol and destroy the savage aliens on a post-apocalyptic Earth where civilization lives above the clouds.

The two female roles in the film are for Cruise’s wife and for a mysterious woman that forces him to “question everything he knows” after discovering her in a crash-landed pod. There is no information yet as to which role the two ladies have signed on for.

Kurylenko was among the first batch of contenders along with Olivia Wilde (TRON: Legacy), Brit Marling (Another Earth) and Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) when Jessica Chastain (The Help). Chastain had to drop out, however, after signing on to star in Kill Bin Laden for Kathryn Bigelow and I think it is safe to assume that’s the role Kurylenko has stepped into.

Actresses previously mentioned in consideration for the second of the two roles include Hayley Atwell, Diane Kruger and Kate Beckinsale, which is the one I am assuming Riseborough landed.

This, is the first time Riseborough’s name has been mentioned in conjunction with the project which is expected to begin filming sometime in the first quarter of 2012 for a July 19, 2013 release.

Riseborough was last seen in Madonna’s W.E. and will next be seen in Shadow Dancer, which premieres at Sundance next week.

Kurylenko has landed a role in Terrence Malick’s next film which has been referred to as The Burial and will also be seen in Seven Psychopaths for In Bruges writer/director Martin McDonagh.