The new Tom Cruise SF film, $100-million Oblivion, debuted Wednesday night at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, and Cruise himself was there, along with co-stars that included lovely Olga Kurylenko, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough, Melissa Leo and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
In the big budget film directed by Tron: Legacy’s Joseph Kosinski, the 50-year-old Cruise plays Jack Harper, one of the last humans remaining on earth in the year 2077. According to the A-lister, the plot has intricate twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end.
And Tom Cruise doesn’t want any spoilers escaping into the wild.
According to Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the Oblivion co-stars were required to sign a secrecy agreement, spelling out that they weren’t allowed to talk about the film or its plot until after the April 10 screening. Journalists who attended the premiere allegedly also signed similar agreements.
“I got this memo from Universal, the studio, basically saying you can’t talk about the movie, you can’t talk about your character,” the Game of Thrones star allegedly told World Entertainment News.
The stars were also under orders not to talk about other stars.
Tom Cruise was already at the middle of a scandal in recent days, when a German tabloid quoted him as making several rather innocuous statements about his well-publicized divorce last summer from Katie Holmes. “I did not expect that,” were the words that Bunte placed in the star’s mouth, implying that Cruise was more or less blindsided when Holmes walked out on the five year old marriage.
Cruise’s representative came forward to challenge the claim, stating that the interview didn’t deal with the actor’s personal life. He discussed only the making of Oblivion and its filming on location in Iceland.
Among other things, Cruise noted that Kosinski bought him a replica of an Oblivion-style bike for his 50th birthday, allowing him to visit protected areas of the Iceland where authorities no longer allow people to drive.
The German reporter has since confessed that the divorce quotes were invented.
Even though we think Morgan Freeman has been in everything, the iconic actor reminded reporters at the Oblivion premiere that it was the first time he’d worked with Cruise. But he was a little cagey about giving any details, simply noting that Cruise was an “awesome” actor who had appeared in such enduring films as Risky Business.
Maybe that secrecy agreement has real teeth.
The general release of Oblivion is scheduled for Friday, April 19. We’ll soon find out if it’s another huge hit for Tom Cruise.