Jessica Chastain joins Tom Cruise sci-fi film

Jessica Chastain will play one of the two female leads opposite Tom Cruise in Universal Pictures’ untitled sci-fi action film.

According to Variety, the film had been formerly called “Oblivion” and “Horizons.”

Olivia Wilde, Brit Marling, Noomi Rapace and Olga Kurylenko are considered to be the front runners for the other major female role.

Joseph Kosinski (“Tron: Legacy”) is directing with a release date set for July 19, 2013.

The film had been set up at Disney which ended up passing on the project due to the fact that the film would be PG-13 and Disney wanted a PG film.

William Monahan wrote the original script with Karl Gajdusek and Michael Arndt having done rewrites.

The film is based on an idea by Kosinski that ended up being a graphic novel written by Barry Levine.

Kosinski and Levine are producing along with Chernin Entertainment’s Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark.

The story is set in an apocalyptic future where most of the population lives in clouds above an uninhabitable earth. An earthbound soldier (Cruise), who fixes drones that destroy a hostile alien life form, encounters a beautiful woman whose ship crashes.

Chastain has had a breakout year with roles in “Tree of Life,” “The Help” and “The Debt.”

She’ll be seen next opposite Sam Worthington in “Texas Killing Fields.” Note the date on this article may be incorrect due to importing it from our old system.