This Saturday could be a big day for two of five actresses—all of whom are testing for a part opposite Tom Cruise in a new sci-fi epic.
According to Variety, five women are testing tomorrow for two roles in Horizons, the original science fiction project formerly known as Oblivion. Conceived by Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski, the film follows a character named Jack (Cruise), whose job is maintaining the drones that keep a future devastated Earth free of the alien creatures that wrecked the joint in the first place.
One of the female roles is Jack's fiancee, Julia, who may be seen in flashbacks, while the other, more action-oriented one is Victoria, the woman who helps Jack with his dangerous missions on the surface and currently keeps his bed warm at night. So who are the actresses testing for the roles, and what are their pros and cons?
Wilde is an obvious choice, since she worked with Kosinski on Tron: Legacy. Her sci-fi credentials have also been burnished with that and this summer's Cowboys & Aliens, plus she's a proven talent and smoking hot. But she could be a little over-familiar to sci-fi fans at this point.
Marling is not well known to mainstream audiences, but she's sort of become an indie goddess with festival favorites Another Earth and The Sound of My Voice. Both those films, incidentally, have sci-fi elements in them, so Marling would find herself in familiar territory here, plus she's a solid actress.
Like Marling, Chastain is not well known, but she has seven movies coming out before the end of the year. She's played wives in many of them, so we're thinking she'd be most likely to play the fiancee in this. She has done action (The Debt), but she hasn't done anything on the scale of Horizons, so we're not sure if she would get lost in such a vast-sounding project.
You don't know her yet either, but you will. After making a splash as Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (and its two sequels), Rapace has scored juicy Hollywood roles in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Ridley Scott's Prometheus. But will American audiences take to her? And, like Wilde, will she be too familiar to tentpole audiences by the time this comes out?
Kurylenko's biggest exposure to date came in the last James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, but honestly, we can't say she was that impressive. She also starred as a Pict warrior in the little-seen Centurion, where she fought like a badass but did not have any lines. So we know her action chops are there, but we're a little more shaky on her acting skills.
Which of these women do you think should land the roles? Or is there someone else you'd like to see starring alongside Cruise when Horizons comes out in July 2013?