Morgan Freeman Gets Sucked Into 'Oblivion'

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Although he lent that famous narration ability of his to 2005's "War of the Worlds," Morgan Freeman has yet to share the screen with Tom Cruise … until now.

According to Deadline, the man who found that hope springs eternal in "The Shawshank Redemption" will now face "Oblivion," the Cruisinator's next big sci-fi vehicle for Universal previously known as "Horizons" (although prior to that was known as "Oblivion").

The plot concerns "the last man on a post-apocalyptic and nearly uninhabitable Earth, who stays behind to repair ships that hunt down and blast a virulent alien species."

No word yet on who Freeman will play or if a computer-generated version of Jessica Tandy will be chauffeured through the wasteland in some kind of nitro-powered vehicle.

"Oblivion" is the brainchild of "Tron: Legacy" director Joseph Kosinski, who originated the concept for this dystopic opus as a graphic novel, but has now had several high-profile screenwriters take a crack at the script. Those plunging the depths of "Oblivion" include Academy Award-winning "Departed" scribe William Monahan and "Little Miss Sunshine" Oscar-winner Michael Arndt, who also did some work on Cruise's "Rock of Ages."

Olga Kurylenko and Andrea Riseborough also star in this "Mad Max"-esque futuristic scavenger story, which is intended to drop on July 19, 2013.