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Tom Cruise in talks to star in sci-fi Oblivion

Tom Cruise is in early talks to star in Joseph Kosinski's next science-fiction film, Oblivion .

It's looking like Universal will be the studio to finance and distribute the hot property, though apparently that's dependent on Kosinski keeping the budget around $100 million.

Oblivion is based on a graphic novel (which in turn was based on an idea by Kosinski), and it got a great deal of interest from studios after Disney let the TRON: Legacy director shop it around.

The post-apocalyptic story sees Earth pretty much uninhabitable, with the majority of the population living in the clouds.

Cruise would play a soldier who services anti-alien droids on Earth, though the film is primarily a love story as it focuses on his relationship with a woman who crash-lands on the near-empty planet.

Promisingly, the script comes from The Departed Oscar-winner William Monahan, and it's currently getting a polish by Karl Gajdusek.

Next up for Cruise (who has wrapped on Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol ) is musical Rock of Ages , then he's got a void in his schedule created by the collapse of Guillermo del Toro's At the Mountains of Madness .

Matt Maytum
Deputy Editor, Total Film

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.