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Hayley Atwell, Diane Kruger & Kate Beckinsale Contend For 2nd Female Lead In Tom Cruise’s ‘Oblivion’

Hayley Atwell, Diane Kruger & Kate Beckinsale Contend For 2nd Female Lead In Tom Cruise's 'Oblivion'

It seems that Tom Cruise can’t stop making movies right now. He’s got “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” and “Rock of Ages” in the bag, he’s currently shooting “One Shot,” and after that the suddenly busy actor will roll right into the “Tron: Legacy” director Joseph Kosinski‘s “Oblivion.” The movie found one of its two female leads in Jessica Chastain late last month and now a trio of actresses is vying for the other part.

Deadline reports that Hayley Atwell, Diane Kruger and Kate Beckinsale will fly to Pittsburgh this weekend to read for the role.The picture is set in a future where the Earth’s surface has been irradiated beyond recognition and the remnants of humanity live above the clouds, safe from the brutal alien Scavengers that stalk the ruins. But when surface drone repairman Jak (Cruise) discovers a mysterious woman in a crash-landed pod, it sets off an unstoppable chain of events that will force him to question everything he knows. Chastain will play Cruise’s wife (snore) but one of these three will take on the part of the mystery woman who arrives on the uninhabited planet.

It’s a pretty decent line up of contenders. All three carry some tentpole experience under their belt, with Atwell in this summer’s “Captain America: The First Avenger,” Kruger in “National Treasure: Book of Secrets” and Beckinsale in the “Underworldfilms, of course. Additionally, Kruger has been competing for a couple of tentpoles of late including “Total Recall” and “Man of Steel” and it seems she’s ready to make a big career jump. And Atwell appeared on Cruise’s radar after being shortlisted for “One Shot.” But if Cruise is looking for an Actress, Kruger is probably the best bet of the three, and if the casting of Chastain means anything, that seems to be the direction the production is going in. But again, who knows at this point as casting tends to be a mercurial sort of business anyway.

Already slated for a July 19, 2013 release, production on the picture is expected to begin in early 2012.

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Kruger was pretty terrific in Inglorious Bastards. I guess SAG voters must be crazy if they nominated her for her turn in Bastards. I’m sticking this one out. There are very few up and coming models turned actors that I actually like, but Kruger is certainly one to watch.

@Snoop- I don’t know if your comment is directed at me, and if it is, I’m not ignoring Beckinsale’s capabilities. She is at the very best a mediocre actress that is great eye candy but is more filler than substance. I have yet to see her give a terrific performance. She was decent in The Aviator, but to me that might have been her best performance in years. Her breakout performances were suppose to be Pearl Harbor and Serendipity… and we all know how that went. She wasn’t terrible in Pearl Harbor, I’ll give you that but clunky dialogue and so-so acting doesn’t really do much.


Kruger? When I see her name here I think it’s a typo. I can’t think of anyone who actually thinks that Kruger can act! (Cause she can’t.) It’s like watching paint dry when she walks upon the screen.


It’s silly to ignore Beckinsale’s capabilities and imply Kruger is vastly more talented. Beckinsale was great in Snow Angels and Nothing But the Truth, so while she’s made a lot of crap, she’s got it in her to give a good performance.

They should just cast whoever has the best chemistry with Cruise. Hunch tells me that would be Atwell.


You are right SP, my bad. Well that just goes to show how irrelevant she is- I confused her with the chick from Lost. Either way, Kruger is the one for this. She has movie star written all over her.


My vote goes to Atwell. But my gut tells me Kruger will land the part.


Ha! Ha ! Teddy, Beckinsale didn’t star in Real Steal.


All three of you are wrong. Kruger is by far the best. She was superb in Inglorious Bastards and is a mesmerizing actress. Beckinsale was the weakest link in The Aviator and clearly her career has taken a downwards spiral with a supporting role in Real Steel next to Jackman and robots. Underworld is a joke at this point. Atwell seems to have charm and a bit of enigma but she’s not an “Actress” just yet. Kruger ftw.


Hayley,… she was amazing at Captain America…. I really want to see her more.


Kate Beckinsale is talented , and she can believably do action.


Hayley Atwell is my first choice out of the three. She is really gorgeous and very talented.

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