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Morgan Freeman and ‘Thrones’ Star Join ‘Oblivion’

Although Morgan Freeman is one of the industry’s most revered talents, he isn’t above doing non-prestige projects: he famously played God in Bruce Almighty and most recently starred in the action comedy R.E.D. Now he’ll tackle sci fi with Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion, but he's not the only interesting addition.

Also hopping on board for the Tom Cruise-starring film is Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who’s most famous at the moment for his role as Jamie Lannister on HBO’s Emmy Award-winning fantasy drama Game of Thrones. Deadline Hollywood gives us the news concerning both Freeman and Coster-Waldau.

Although it’s confirmed that the latter will step into the role of Sykes, a weapons and tech expert, Freeman’s role is reportedly unknown. It might not be completely accurate, but IMDb indicates that he’ll play a character named Malcolm Beach. Unfortunately, but perhaps not surprisingly, further investigation of this particular character led nowhere. In any case, how both actors will play into Kosinski's story of a man attempting to eradicate a race of aliens who've devastated the planet remains a mystery.

The stars finally seem to have aligned for the Tron Legacy director's next big outing. Well, at least for it to be made. Like any other wholly new property in the tricky genre of science fiction, Oblivion could be the next Star Wars or the next Skyline. In any case, the brilliant cast, which also includes Olga Kurylenko and Andrea Riseborough, should make the experience worth the wait. Oblivion is currently scheduled to arrive in theaters on July 19, 2013.


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