Olga Kurylenko and Andrea Riseborough Join Tom Cruise in (Formerly Titled) Horizons
01.20.12 by Ryan
Finding (and keeping) a female lead to star opposite Tom Cruise in Universal's upcoming sci-fi epic from director Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy) hasn't been easy. Previously titled both Horizons and Oblivion, Kosinski cast actress Jessica Chastain (The Help, The Tree of Life) in one of the movie's two female lead roles, but Chastain recently dropped out after accepting a role in Kathryn Bigelow's Untitled Osama Bin Laden project.
Chastain won the role last September over several other contenders, but no one had been cast in the other role. Kosinski had auditioned Hayley Atwell (Captain America), Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds), and Kate Beckinsale (Underworld) in October for the other female role, but no actress was officially announced.
Now, it looks like Kosinski has changed tack with Variety reporting that two actresses, Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace) and Andrea Riseborough (W.E.), will star opposite Cruise in the futuristic movie.
Set in a future where Earth's surface has been destroyed by aliens, Cruise plays a man named Jack who repairs the drones that fight the aliens on the planet's surface. According to Deadline, Kurylenko will play a woman that lives with Cruise on the uninhabitable planet, the role that Chastain was originally cast in. Kurylenko was amongst the contenders that auditioned last year, and Cruise reportedly liked her from the original test.
Riseborough's name had never appeared in the previous casting reports, but, nevertheless, Deadline says she will play a "beautiful woman who crashes on the planet and goes on a journey" with Cruise, eventually forcing him to question everything he knows.
The now-untitled movie is based on an upcoming graphic novel created by Kosinski called Oblivion that Radical Studios will release later this year. Academy Award–winning screenwriter William Monahan (The Departed) and Karl Gadjusek (Trespass) wrote earlier drafts of the screenplay, while Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine) is currently rewriting.
The untitled movie is set to start production in the first quarter of this year, after Cruise finishes work on Paramount Pictures' adaptation of One Shot. Hopefully, a new title will be settled on before the movie opens on July 19, 2013.