January 19, 2012

Andrea Riseborough And Olga Kurylenko Join Tom Cruise In Oblivion

Variety reports that Jessica Chastain (Help, The Debt) has dropped out of the science fiction actioner Oblivion. Apparently it conflicted with Kathryn Bigelow's (Hurt Locker) Bin Laden movie which Jessica recently committed to. However, the two female leads to star alongside Tom Cruise have been cast in the meantime. Those roles have gone to Andrea Riseborough (W.E., Never Let Me Go, Brighton Rock, Happy-Go-Lucky) and Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace). The original concept comes from Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski who shopped around his film pitch in the form of a graphic novel entitled Oblivion. The graphic novel film pitch seems to be the new trend in Hollywood. Darren Aronofsky recently did the same for his biblical epic Noah. Screenwriters William Monahan (Departed) and Karl Gajdusek have come on to add some rewrites to the film's script.

Cruise is currently riding high on the massive success of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and it seems like he's trying his best to cement his comeback. I believe Kosinski has a lot of promise as Tron Legacy was easily one of the most beautiful films of 2010. The problem behind the Tron sequel was it's weak script and it looks like everyone involved is trying to avoid this issue with Oblivion. Andrea Riseborough, who plays the female intruder seems like an interesting up and coming actress. Hopefully this get's her cast in more Hollywood projects.

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