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Morgan Freeman Joins Tom Cruise In Post-Apocalyptic Thriller "Oblivion" (UPDATE)

by Tambay A. Obenson
February 9, 2012 1:36 PM
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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.

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  • Jackie | February 14, 2012 5:07 PMReply

    The title and set up sounded familiar so I Googled just to confirm what I was thinking and I was right. "Oblivion" is based on the comic from Radical Publishing. I got a preview of it at Comic Con two years ago when Radical was positioned across from our booth. The comic itself was definitely drawn with movies in mind.

  • here | February 10, 2012 12:12 AMReply

    Didn't Stephen King already do this story with The Stand?

  • Donella | February 9, 2012 3:05 PMReply

    I'll watch it. It's my type of movie.

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