January 19, 2012 3:11pm PT by Borys Kit
'W.E.' Star Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko Join Tom Cruise's Sci-Fi Thriller
Tom Cruise has found his ladies.
Andrea Riseborough and Olga Kurylenko have been cast as the female leads in Universal’s untitled Tom Cruise sci-fi project being directed by Joseph Kosinski.
The signing caps months of searching for the leads, which was made more complicated when Jessica Chastain, cast in one of the roles, exited to do another movie.
The project, formerly known as Oblivion and Horizons, is a love story taking place in an apocalyptic future where most of the population lives in clouds because Earth is no longer habitable. An Earth-bound repairman (Cruise) who works on drones that fight alien life forms meets a woman who forces him to question his worldview.
Kurylenko will play Cruise's lover and partner, who tethers him to the world above the clouds while he's doing repairwork. She becomes none too happy when she discovers he has fallen for the new woman, played by Riseborough.
Michael Arndt is rewriting the script, which had drafts written by William Monahan and Karl Gajdusek.
Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark will produce through Chernin Entertainment alongside Barry Levine and Kosinski.
For British actress Riseborough, the part is her break into American movies. The actress stars in Madonna’s W.E. and has appeared in such movies as Made in Dagenham and Resistance. Films she has in the can include Shadow Dancer, with Clive Owen, and Welcome to the Punch with James McAvoy.
Kurylenko is best known for being a Bond girl in Quantum of Solace and is filming Seven Psychopaths, the new thriller from Martin McDonagh (In Bruges).
Both actresses are repped by CAA. Riseborough is additionally repped by Untitled and the U.K.’s Independent Talent Group. Kurylenko is repped by Tavistock Wood in the U.K.