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M83 to Score Upcoming Tom Cruise Movie ‘Oblivion’

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Following in the footsteps of Daft Punk‘s major film score debut in ‘Tron: Legacy,’ French electronic music outfit M83 will compose the audio portion of Tom Cruise‘s new film ‘Oblivion.’ Well, more specifically, the band’s creator Anthony Gonzalez will compose the music.

Pitchfork reports that Joseph Kosinski is directing ‘Oblivion,’ who coincidentally enough directed ‘Tron: Legacy.’ The director had the idea for ‘Oblivion’ in mind way back in 2005.

“I was listening to his [Anthony Gonzalez] music back in 2005 when I first wrote this story, so he was part of this from the very beginning in my mind, kind of creatively,” Kosinski told The Playlist. “And about two years ago, when I started putting together a short list of people I’d love to talk to for this project, I sat down with him and we talked about it. It was very clear he had a passion for film and I knew just from his electronic music that he had the potential to create something epic.”

Gonzalez relocated to Los Angeles, Calif. to pursue his goal of scoring big budget flicks. Despite ‘Oblivion’ being his first major Hollywood production, the M83 leader isn’t showing any signs of nervousness.

“I’ve wanted to do soundtracks for so long, and starting with such an ambitious project, especially in the sci-fi category, means a lot to me,” Gonzalez said in the same interview. “I’m not afraid to do my first soundtrack on a big Hollywood movie, with a big budget and a lot of pressure … I like challenges and it excites me more than frightens me.”

‘Oblivion’ is the latest sci-fi film for Tom Cruise, which he plays Jack Harper, 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.” Production begins in a few months in Iceland and the U.S., and it is scheduled to be released next April.

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