From Hollywood, the big newsmaker of the past week has now landed in June Lake. Tom Cruise has captured headlines around his impending divorce from Katie Holmes. As the couple reportedly settled amicably, Cruise went to work in June Lake in the film, “Oblivion.”
In May, word circulated that Cruise and possibly Morgan Freeman would travel to June Lake for filming in the latest movie from Director Joseph Kosinski, who is best known for “Tron: Legacy”. Sources had said a fairly large crew would set up in June Lake with possible shots in other areas of Mono County.
The story line of the science fiction movie, “Oblivion” involves the destruction of Earth and a society that moves to the clouds. Cruise will play a soldier who is stuck alone on the planet, repairing the drones that patrol and destroy a savage alien life form. He encounters a beautiful woman who crashes in a craft and, according to film buffs, their experience together forces him to question his world view.
Disney originally bought the story, but worked a deal with Director Kosinski. According to some reports, the film crew had traveled from New Orleans to Iceland for a shoot before coming to the Eastern Sierra. The release date of “Oblivion” has been reported as late April, 2013.