Just last week we reported that a shortlist of actresses were set to test opposite Tom Cruise for his action flick One Shot. Now another set of leading ladies are poised to test opposite Cruise for a different project, Joseph Kosinski’s (Tron: Legacy) sci-fi film Horizons. Showblitz reports that Jessica Chastain, Olivia Wilde, Noomi Rapace, Brit Marling and Olga Kurylenko are the thesps vying that will vie the role this Saturday. Additionally, Universal has scrapped the title Oblivion and is now referring to the project by its former working title Horizons for the time being.
The story takes place in an apocalyptic future that finds humans living in clouds above the uninhabitable Earth, and Cruise plays a soldier relegated to staying on the planet to work on drones that seek out and destroy a savage alien life form. Hit the jump for more information on the contending actresses.
The five actresses up for the role have some high-profile work under their belt and are poised to break out into wider fare. Chastain starred in Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life and this summer’s The Help, Rapace hit big with the Swedish Girl With the Dragon Tattoo films and will next be seen in the Sherlock Holmes sequel, Marling was the breakout star of this year’s Sundance Film Festival having starred in and co-written both Another Earth and Sound of My Voice, Kurylenko was the Bond girl in Quantum of Solace and stars in Terrence Malick’s upcoming untitled film with Ben Affleck, and Wilde is in just about every movie ever (and rightly so). Marling was being eyed for the female lead in One Shot, so it sounds like Cruise is keen on her as an actress.
There are two key female roles in the film: a woman named Victoria who is Cruise’s “right-hand man and lover” and keeps him company while he’s repairing drones, and Julia, his fiancee before Earth was invaded. There’s no word on whether the actresses are all testing for the same part, different parts, or both roles simultaneously. I’m a fan of every actress on this list so it would be great news if two of them get cast instead of just one.
Horizons was initially set up at Disney as the studio was happy with Kosinski’s take on Tron, but ultimately decided that the material was too grown-up for the Mouse House. They graciously allowed the director to shop the film elsewhere, and it landed at Universal. The film was initially developed as an adaptation of the graphic novel Oblivion, but it’s unknown how far the current iteration strays from the source material. We previously heard that a fall production start-date was being eyed, but Cruise is set to shoot One Shot this autumn so it’s safe to assume that Horizons would be the actor’s next project sometime early next year.