April 11th, 2013
05:15 PM ET
Within the past year, Tom Cruise has played a rocker right out of an '80s hair band and a retired military cop who's famous among bookworms, but on April 19 he'll return to sci-fi.
The 50-year-old actor will appear in "Oblivion" as a nostalgic member of a "mop-up crew," which are charged with repairing drones on a desolate Earth.
Cruise's character, Jack, thinks nothing human is left on Earth - until he's kidnapped by a rogue set who appear to be led by Morgan Freeman.
"I've been making a lot of movies here lately, very different kinds of characters, from [Jack] Reacher to this," Cruise told CNN at the movie's Hollywood premiere on Wednesday. "I haven't done a sci-fi like this since really 'Minority Report.' This sci-fi, it's a mystery and has a real thriller aspect, and twists and turns until the very final frame of the movie."
Through the vision of director Joseph Kosinski, Cruise said, "Oblivion's" created an immersive world.
"I love all kinds of movies, but sci-fi, and particularly today, we get to create a world for the audience yet give them a very personal journey," he said. "That's what I love about it."
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