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'Oblivion,' starring Tom Cruise, in theaters: 3 fun facts
"Oblivion," the latest big-budget sci-fi epic to hit theaters, stars Tom Cruise as Jack, who's harvesting resources on a post-apocolypic Earth when he starts to question his assignment and identity.
The movie, which also stars Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko and Melissa Leo, opens in theaters today, and Newsday Westchester's got three fun facts about the movie.
1. "Oblivion" has a couple of Hudson Valley connections. A former Purchase College student, Leo plays Sally, who spends most of the movie as a character on a computer monitor. She raved about working with Cruise when she chatted with the Huffington Post, saying, "Tom is a total delight -- a completely professional actor, as is well known about him. The two words I use to describe him are 'super human.'" Cruise, too, has spent his share of time in the Hudson Valley. The movie star visited the Jacob Burns Film Center this past December to promote "Jack Reacher," and reportedly spent previous months house-hunting in Rockland and Westchester counties after his split with Katie Holmes.
2. "Oblivion" is Cruise's only major theatrical release this year, according to IMDb. Although several projects have been announced, the next film likely to be released is the awkwardly titled "All You Need is Kill," yet another sci-fi flick which has Cruise struggling with internal and extrernal conflict in space — but with a twist reminiscent of "Groundhog Day." That film, which also stars Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton, is slated for a March 7, 2014 release.
3. "Oblivion" marks Cruise's cinematic reunion with a New York Yankees hat, which he also sported in another sci-fi thriller, 2005's "War of the Worlds." In that movie, the conflict he experienced with his son, who sported a Boston Red Sox cap, served as a metaphor for the way humanity can set aside differences in a time of crisis.
Check out Cruise and his more worn-in Yanks cap in the official "Oblivion" trailer below.