Open casting call for lead role in major Universal Pictures feature film

*** Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has landed the role of Sykes ***
*** Extras casting call information is now available here ***

Universal Pictures Tom Cruise Talent Search

This Tom Cruise starring vehicle will hit theaters on theaters July 19, 2013
AB Media Publishing, LLC

Universal Pictures is currently conducting an international talent search for a lead role in a major feature film with a $100 million dollar budget starring Tom Cruise. Actors who wish to be considered can send in a hardcopy photo and resume to the casting directors, or submit a video audition on the film's official casting website. Shooting will take place in mostly in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Additional filming will take place in Los Angeles, New York, and the country of Iceland. Principal photography will begin on March 19, 2012 and continue through August 12, 2012.

American television commercial and feature film director Joseph Kosinski will direct the film which is based on the graphic novel called "Oblivion" that he wrote himself. The title of this film was originally the same as the novel, then was being called "Horizons", and now is being referred to as "Untitled TC" or "Untitled Tom Cruise Project". In August 2010, Walt Disney Pictures acquired the rights to "Oblivion", but attempts at a PG rating were unsuccessful and Universal Pictures acquired the rights. Academy Award winning writer William Monahan and Karl Gajdusek wrote the first drafts of the script, with final rewrites by Academy Award winning scribe Michael Arndt.

Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark are producing through Chernin Entertainment, along with Joseph Kosinski, Steve Gaub, and Radical Pictures's Barry Levine. Jesse Berger, Executive Vice President of Radical Studios, will executive produce with Dave Morrison. Radical Studios has an impressive lineup of future film projects including the DreamWorks SKG Sam Raimi directed Sci-Fi "Earp: Saints for Sinners," the Bryan Singer directed "Freedom Formula," the Sam Worthington starring vehicle "Damaged," and the Brett Ratner directed action adventure "Hercules: The Thracian Wars".

"Untitled Tom Cruise Project" is a love story that is set against a post-apocalyptic landscape. It's about a soldier who's been court-martialed and as part of his punishment, he’s sent to patrol this planet and maintains a fleet of droids and probes that comb the surface, searching out a primitive alien race that’s been defeated. When he discovers a mysterious woman who left on a science mission 60 years earlier and crash lands, the two must traverse a chain of events that unfolds extreme mystery and adventure.

Starring with Tom Cruise is the beautiful Ukrainian-born actress and model Olga Kurylenko, who plays his right-hand woman and lover. Olga Kurylenko, best known for her role as Bond Girl Camille in "Quantum of Solace", has carved out an impressive acting resume with roles in such films as "Max Payne," "Land of Oblivion" which she also executive produced, "The Expatriate," "Empires of the Deep," "Seven Psychopaths," and a recently wrapped untitled Terrence Malik film. Gorgeous British actress Andrea Riseborough will play the Mysterious Woman who crash lands on Earth. Riseborough, who trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, is a rising star who's credits include "Resistance," "Shadow Dancer," and Madonna's Academy Award nominated film "W.E."

Open Casting Call Details (THIS ROLE HAS BEEN CAST)

Here is what the casting directors for "Untitled Tom Cruise Project" are seeking: 

This is for the co-starring role of "Sykes".

• Male, late 20s - late 30s
• Must be at least 6' tall.
• Battle-hardened, physically imposing, and extremely athletic.
• An intelligence and fire in the eyes.
• Skilled with military technology and weapons.
• Any ethnicity.
• Union or non-union talent can submit.
• Prior acting experience in NOT necessary.
• MUST have a valid United States passport.
• Scenes for this role will film in New Orleans and Iceland.

There are two ways to submit yourself for consideration. By far the best way for all talent is to go to the ONLY Official Universal Pictures sponsored online casting website for this film and upload an audition video. This online casting call is being hosted by Cast It Talent. Follow the instructions carefully on the following website:

Universal Pictures "Untitled Tom Cruise Project" Casting Page

Alternatively, you can submit a photo and resume to the casting director:

Julie Hutchinson
Untitled TC
100 Universal City Plaza
Building 2160
Suite 8A
Universal City, CA 91608

Shooting begins March 19, 2012 in the New Orleans, Louisiana area.

Talent must and be legally eligible to work in the state of Louisiana and in the United States.

The 2012 Louisiana Resource Guide eBook includes the following documents for minors and foreign talent who would like to work on the "Untitled Tom Cruise Project":

• Louisiana Child Performer Law Information Sheet
• Louisiana Child Performer Trust Act Sheet
• Louisiana Minor Trust Deduction Guidelines
• Louisiana Minor Intention To Employ Form
• Louisiana Employment of Minors Informational Booklet
• Louisiana Film, TV, and Commercials Minor Labor Law Summary

In addition to the following Louisiana Actors Resources:

• New Orleans Casting Directors List
• Baton Rouge Casting Directors List
• Shreveport Casting Directors List
• Louisiana Actors Unions and Resources
• General Talent Agent Information
• Louisiana Talent Agents List
• Louisiana Acting Classes and Schools List
• Summer Performing Arts Camps
• Headshot Photographers List
• Audition Tips
• How To Make an Audition Video
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Cover Letters
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• Miscellaneous Actors Resources
• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements
• USA Immigration Work Permit Information
• USA Non-Immigrant Visa Application
• PDF Users Guides

The 2012 Actors Resource Guide eBooks are available here.

Principal Actor Casting

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

Please submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Los Angeles:

Jeffrey Gelber - Executive Director of Casting
Julie Hutchinson - SVP Features Casting
100 Universal City Plaza
Building 2160
Suite 8A
Universal City, CA 91608

Extras Casting

New Orleans:

Brent Caballero
Caballero Casting, LLC
9522 Brookline Ave
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
NO phone calls.

A separate extras casting notice is posted at the following website:

Crew Members

New Orleans:

Experienced film crew members located in the New Orleans area can submit resumes to the following:

Put "Untitled TC Crew Members" in the subject line of your email.

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

Crater Lake Productions
9336 Washington Blvd.
Building K
Culver City, CA 90232

Chernin Entertainment
1733 Ocean Avenue
Suite 300
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Radical Pictures
7421 Beverly Boulevard
Suite 11
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Universal Pictures
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608


Joseph Kosinski
Peter Chernin
Dylan Clark
Barry Levine
Emily Cheung


Joseph Kosinski


Tom Cruise - Jack
Andrea Riseborough - Mysterious Woman
Olga Kurylenko - Victoria
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau - Sykes
Morgan Freeman - Malcolm Beech


A former solider named Jack (Tom Cruise) is one of the two last people on an Earth devastated by a war with an alien race. Jack, who now works as a surface drone repairman along with right-hand woman and lover Victoria (Olga Kurylenko), lives in a future where the Earth’s surface has been irradiated beyond recognition and the remnants of humanity live above the clouds, safe from the brutal alien Scavengers that stalk the ruins. When Jack discovers a mysterious woman in a crash-landed pod, her story sets off an unstoppable chain of events that not only forces him to question everything he knows - it propels the two on an epic adventure that will alter both their destinies.