Morgan Freeman

God... uh, I mean Morgan Freeman will has signed on to star alongside Tom Cruise in the post-apocalyptic thriller Oblivion, to be directed by Joseph Kosinski for Universal Pictures.

Andrea Riseborough and Olga Kurylenko also co-star in a story that will see Cruise as the last man on an earth that's become uninhabitable "who stays behind to repair ships that hunt down and blast a virulent alien species."

No word on what role Freeman will play in this, but Deadline says it’s a crucial one.

Mentor maybe? Older wiser sage? President? God? :)

I wonder if his Rendezvous With Rama adaptation that's been around forever (with David Fincher supposed to direct) will ever happen. He's not getting any younger.

I just realized that this might be the first time he and Tom Cruise have ever worked together.

UPDATE: Jeff Sneider at Variety just tweeted this:

EXCLUSIVE CHARACTER DESCRIPTION: In OBLIVION, Morgan Freeman will play Malcolm Beech, the leader of the human resistance on Earth. 

Sounds awesome! I'm just glad it's none of my guesses.