In addition to dating Jurassic Park 3D Thursday afternoon, Universal has moved their Joseph Kosinski sci-fi epic Oblivion starring Tom Cruise from July 10, 2013 to April 26, 2013, officially kicking off next Summer. The new release date positions Oblivion (formerly called Horizons) before Iron Man 3 as the first official, big movie of the summer, which is very similar to what the studio did last year when they positioned Fast Five in a similar slot. That move seemed to work. Read more after the jump.

Variety broke the news of the Oblivion switch .

Kosinski’s follow up to Tron: Legacy is about “a soldier stationed on Earth, the surface of which has been destroyed by aliens. When he discovers a mysterious woman in a crash-landed pod, it sets off a chain of events that cause him to question everything.” Cruise is the lead and Olga Kurylenko and Morgan Freeman will join him.

The release date shift, however minor, feels like a vote of confidence in the film which is currently in production. Do you agree?

For more on Oblivion’s long struggle to get to the big screen, check out our archive here.

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