Olga Kurylenko & Andrea Riseborough Cast in Kosinski's New Sci-Fi
Chastain out, but Kurylenko in. Variety reports that two more actresses are joining the cast of Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski's new sci-fi movie set to star Tom Cruise. Ukrainian actresses Olga Kurylenko is replacing actress Jessica Chastain, who was originally cast in the lead last year, and W.E. actresses Andrea Riseborough is also joining. Kurylenko tested for the role in August along with Chastain, Olivia Wilde and Noomi Rapace, but was brought back after Chastain had to drop to film Kill Bin Laden . Variety mentions "it seems that nearly every high-profile young actress in town has been connected to the project at some point."
Kosinski's new project goes by many names - Horizons or Oblivion originally - but is being referred to as the "Untitled Sci-Fi Project" at the moment, due out Summer 2013. The story is about a soldier stationed on a future Earth, the surface of which was 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 he knows. That "on Earth" part wasn't revealed before. It sounds like the woman in the pod might be Kurylenko, as she's taking the lead. Riseborough's role, on the other hand, has not been unveiled at all so we're not sure how she fits in yet either. Kosinski will be directing from a screenplay written by William Monahan and Karl Gajdusek.
As a big fan of Kosinski and epic sci-fi, I'm excited to see what he does with this new project and have been following its casting. Cruise leads the way, and I'm fine with Kurylenko, but I would've preferred Chastain. Riseborough I haven't actually seen yet, but I'm sure if Kosinski chose her, she's a good fit for her role. Deadline's plot for this film is slightly different: The last man on Earth (Crusie) patrols and blasts predatory aliens until he discovers a beautiful intruder who makes him question his role on Earth, which has become a practically uninhabitable place. Shooting is set to start in the next few months, so we'll keep you updated.