Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Heads For Oblivion

He'll join Tom Cruise and co

The casting for Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski’s next big sci-fi project Oblivion is really starting to heat up. Just last week there was news that Morgan Freeman would be bringing his iconic gravelly tones (and the rest of him) to the film and now Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is also aboard.

He’s joining Freeman, Tom Cruise, Andrea Riseborough and Olga Kurylenko in the movie, which was birthed from Kosinski’s own idea. When he couldn’t get it initially made into a film, he turned it into a graphic novel. Since then it has been set up at Disney and is now a go at Universal.

Oblivion’s plot finds a scorched, ruined Earth where only a few people remain. Most of humanity has relocated for its own safety to bases in the clouds, but a few folk are needed to maintain the drones that deal with the dangerous alien scavengers that haunt the surface. Cruise is one of those, a soldier who discovers a woman in a crash-landed pod and who ends up challenging everything he thinks he knows.

Coster-Waldau, who has been spending most of his time recently playing the scheming, casually lethal Jamie Lannister on Game of Thrones, will appear as Sykes, a battle-hardened, intelligent military weapons expert.

Kosinski's film (assuming it keeps that name) will kick off shooting in Louisiana next month. Game Of Thrones is back on April 2.