‘Oblivion’ Secures New April 2013 Release Date

Good news for those of us who have been waiting years for Joseph Kosinski’s film “Oblivion” to hit theaters: that wait is going to be a little bit shorter.

Deadline is reporting that Universal has bumped “Oblivion” up from July 10, 2013 to April 26, 2013. The film is currently shooting in Baton Rouge, and will reportedly be ready earlier than Universal had expected.

“Oblivion” just recently finished getting its cast together. In addition to Tom Cruise, the project stars Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough and “Game of Thrones’s” Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

April 26 is an interesting release date slot for a film, but tends to do well for genre films that might not quite warrant summer blockbuster status. This year “The Raven” comes out in the same time slot, and the two films seem to have similar tones. So far “Oblivion” is the only film coming out April 26, but “Evil Dead” is slated for a March 12 release date.

It should be noted that “Oblivion” likely got bumped up because Universal announced that they’ll be rereleasing “Jurassic Park” in 3D on July 19, 2013. While that will have to face off against another Steven Spielberg film — “Robopocalypse” comes out July 3 — it will mean less competition between the sci-fi Universal projects.

Not much is known about the plot of “Oblivion,” but it has been reported that the movie is set in a world where Earth’s surface is uninhabitable. Cruise plays a man whose job is to repair drones down on Earth, and ends up discovering a mysterious woman in a crash-landed pod. A previously released synopsis teases that this discovery “sets off an unstoppable chain of events that will force him to question everything he knows.”

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