Posted on Thursday, January 19th, 2012 by Russ Fischer
Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski has seen a few things change with his film Oblivion over the last year. The title, for one: the film started out as Oblivion, then was Horizons for a while, then Oblivion once more, and is now untitled.
The film left Disney and went to Universal, where Tom Cruise signed on to play the lead, a soldier stationed on a future Earth, whose discovery of a mysterious woman in a crash-landed pod sets off a chain of events that cause him to question everything he knows.
For some time, Jessica Chastain was attached to play the other lead female roles, the wife of the main character. But scheduling conflicts came up with Katheryn Bigelow’s Osama Bin Laden film, and Chastain has moved on. Kosinski, however, has finally settled on his two female leads: Olga Kurylenko and Andrea Riseborough.
First up, here’s the plot of the film:
In a future where the Earth’s surface has been irradiated beyond recognition, 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.
Variety reports the casting and the untitled status of the film. Olga Kurylenko was one of the actresses who tested for the wife role in August of 2011, alongside Chastain and Brit Marling, Noomi Rapace and Olivia Wilde. Now she has ended up with that role.
Later in the year Hayley Atwell, Diane Kruger, and Kate Beckinsale all tested for the other female lead, the mysterious woman in the pod, which now belongs to Riseborough. The is the first time that Riseborough has been a part of the talk about this project; she’s in Madonna’s W.E. right now, is in the upcoming Shadow Dancer, from James Marsh, and will show up alongside James McAvoy in Welcome to the Punch.
The film is scheduled to start shooting some time in the first quarter of 2012.