Kate Beckinsale, Diane Kruger, and Hayley Atwell Up for Lead Opposite Tom Cruise in HORIZONS

     October 26, 2011

Back in August, we reported that a number of actresses were in the running to star in one of two lead female roles opposite Tom Cruise in Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski’s sci-fi pic Horizons (the project has also been referred to as Oblivion, but every story seems to go back and forth on what the title is). Jessica Chastain eventually won the role, and since “shortlist” and “reading with” stories are all the rage, three actresses are now apparently poised to read for the other lead role with Cruise this weekend: Kate Beckinsale, Diane Kruger, and Captain America’s Hayley Atwell. Hit the jump for more.

oblivion-comic-book-coverThe film was originally set up at Disney, but when they realized that the $100 million sci-fi pic didn’t exactly fit with their family film mold, they allowed Kosinski to shop the project to other studios. Universal eventually agreed to finance the pic, and now production is set to begin early next year for a July 2013 release date. The story takes place in an apocalyptic future that finds humans living in clouds above the uninhabitable Earth. Cruise plays a soldier who is left behind to stay on the planet and work on drones that seek out and destroy a savage alien life form.

The two lead female roles are a mysterious traveler who crash lands on Earth much to Cruise’s surprise, and Cruise’s wife. Deadline reports that Beckinsale, Kruger, and Atwell are up for the role of the mysterious traveler, so that means Chastain will be playing the wife of the protagonist. There’s really not a bad choice in this trio of actresses, but my personal pick would be Beckinsale. It’d be interesting to see her tackle something more on the drama side.

  • Jack Reigert

    Hayley Atwell is my first choice. She is really gorgeous and very talented. I hope she does more American mainstream movies from now on and begins her ascension to the A-list.

  • Sara

    Yeah. I agree with Jack Reigert.
    She is talented. And after Captain America… I was little bit sad because i wont watch her more in Captain America. She needs to do more films. She was just perfect as Peggy.

  • Max

    Diane Kruger lacks depth and in some of her movies her acting skills are not as realistic. I did like her in Inglorious Bastards though.

    Kate Beckinsale has sex appeal which most actresses don’t have. Her personality is a bit mediocre though and at times can be boring. Don’t get me wrong, she’s awesome in the Underworld movies. I dated a girl last week who has her looks and personality and she was a joy to be around.

    I saw Hayley Atwell only in Captain America and she is the full package when it comes to acting chops. She out did Natalie Portman when it came to romance. She is hands down the best actress I’ve seen in any super-hero movie. Atwell just provides more sensitivity to emotion on screen than the other actresses.

    The part should go to Hayley Atwell. Not only for her better character development and emotion on screen, she also is the most attractive. Her two gigantic and real puppies made you press pause on the remote to just stare at heaven. Then when you take it off pause and she talks you like hearing her. Common, we have to give her credit, there is NO WAY THERE WOULD BE AN AMERICAN WITH HER LEVEL OF ACTING DEDICATION AND LOOKS COMBINED. It must be the love of Shakespeare over in England that makes English actresses take acting more seriously.

  • Marlboroliteman

    All three are totally do able.
    If I had to F, Marry, Kill….I’d F Atwell…mary Beckinsale…..and F Kruger.

  • broski

    Hayley Atwell please…more movies need to be made featuring her glorious rack

  • Nicole

    Beckinsale is by far the best actress in the group but she’s been heavy on Sci-fi lately so I hope she passes on weirdo Tom’s project.

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