Above all else, Tom Cruise is still a major movie star. And as such, being his film love interest is a major shot of exposure and star power, a boost A-list actresses openly seek as aggressively as they did during Cruise's 80s and 90s heyday.
According to Variety, no fewer than five top actresses are vying to co-star with Cruise in "Horizons," the re-titled big screen adaptation of Joseph Kosinski's "Oblivion," which has been retitled "Horizons." Cruise will play a "scavenger" court-martialled into serving as a lone soldier on an uninhabitable Earth's surface, fixing drones that protect the planet -- and its sky-bound clone citizens, who live above the polluted clouds -- from attacking aliens. A numbed being, when he finds a beautiful woman in a fallen ship, adventure and an awakening of a past-life love ensue.
Amongst the names competing to play that beautiful woman in a fallen ship are Jessica Chastain, Olivia Wilde and Brit Marling, three of the hottest commodities in Hollywood. Chastain has had an absolute breakout of a year in 2011, starring in "The Tree of Life," "The Help" and the upcoming films "The Debt," "Take Shelter," "Wilde Salome" and "Texas Killing Fields."
Wilde has also had a big year, featuring in "Cowboys & Aliens," "The Change-Up" and set to feature in the upcoming "In Time." She has a history with Kosinski, having co-starred in his "Tron: Legacy" in 2010.
As for Marling, she is perhaps the newest and hottest commodity; she wrote and starred in the indie hit "Another Earth," and in 2012 will star in "Arbitrage;" "The Company You Keep," which she wrote and will feature in with Alexander Skarsgard; and "The Company You Keep," with Shia LaBeouf.
This is the second big leading lady hunt for a Cruise flick this month; earlier, at least three actresses tried out for the actress lead in "One Shot," another action adaptation, with the role eventually going to Rosamund Pike.
For the rest of the names, click over to Variety.