The first trailer for Tom Cruise's post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller Oblivion is rumored to premiere with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey next week. However, it's possible that rumor won't pan out - much like recent claims about teaser footage for The Wolverine being attached to The Hobbit turned out to be false.
In the meantime, artwork for the film has appeared online; however, it's not yet clear whether these images are just Andree Wallins' illustrations for the unreleased graphic novel source material - which was written by Arvid Nelson and created by TRON: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski (who is helming Oblivion) - or conceptual artwork created specifically for the film version.
Either way, this material seems to offer a feasible approximation of the visual style we can expect in Oblivion, given the distinct similarities in world design and overall mise-en-scène of TRON: Legacy. In fact, Kosinski's sophomore feature-length directing effort brings back Legacy personnel like cinematographer Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi), production designer Darren Gilford and supervising art director Kevin Ishioka (Transformers: Dark of the Moon) - so, you can count on Oblivion being as visually-impressive as Kosinski's previous film.
Check out that Oblivion artwork below:
[ARTWORK PULLED AT STUDIO'S REQUEST]
Here is an official synopsis for Oblivion:
Jack Harper (Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete. Living and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, his soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.
Several writers are reported to have worked on the Oblivion script at some point, including Oscar-winner William Monahan (The Departed, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), Karl Gajdusek (Trepass, co-creator of Last Resort) and Oscar-winner Michael Arndt, who is now penning Star Wars: Episode VII. Of course, Legacy likewise reflected the efforts of several capable writers (and we know how that story panned out) - so, we'll have to wait and see whether the final script is up to snuff this time around.
Oblivion opens in U.S. theaters on April 19th, 2013.