Game of Thrones Star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Joins Tom Cruise In Oblivion

After a rocky road to production, it appears Oblivion, director Joseph Kosinski's follow-up to Tron Legacy, is finally back on track. The sci-fi thriller, which has had Tom Cruise committed from the start, began finalizing its cast last week by securing Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough and Olga Kurylenko in supporting roles. And now Deadline reveals that Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has signed on to join the production, which is slated to begin in Louisiana next month.

Based on the graphic novel created by Kosinki, Oblivion is set in a dystopian future where the Earth has been utterly decimated. Most of mankind lives high above the devastation, in the clouds, and those who remain below are forced to battle with a breed of cruel alien vultures that scavenge from the ruins of civilization. Here a surface drone repairman (Cruise) slips into a world of intrigue after discovering a curious woman (Riseborough) amid the rubble. On a journey that forces him to re-evaluate all he holds dear, this mechanic crosses paths with an intimidating and highly skilled military technology and weapons expert called Sykes, who will be played by Coster-Waldau.

It seems a no-brainer to cast the burly Coster-Waldau in the role of a military-minded strategist, as the Danish actor has drawn notice and dropped jaws as the opportunistic knight, Jamie Lannister, on HBO’s Game of Thrones. He's shown to be a beguiling screen presence, and exudes an air of confidence and cunning that seems well suited to the role of Sykes. Simply put, this is another cast addition that's making Oblivion a project worth being aware of.

Kristy Puchko

Staff writer at CinemaBlend.