Tom Cruise Lands Lead Role in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Next Film

Tom Cruise at the
Tom Cruise at the "Valkyrie" Film Premiere in 2008. Photo by REX/Shutterstock (832422l)

Tom Cruise mostly focused on action blockbusters in recent years, but it seems he’s ready to take his career in a new direction. The four-time Oscar nominee landed a lead role in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s next film, developed by Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment.

This top-secret project will mark Iñárritu’s first English-language film since The Revenant in 2015. No plot details are available right now, but he co-wrote the script alongside Sabina Berman, plus his Birdman collaborators Alexander Dinelaris and Nicolas Giacobone.

This is the first major project Cruise got attached to after signing a strategic partnership with Warner Bros last month. Despite making blockbuster tentpoles for most of his career, Cruise is no stranger to working with Hollywood’s leading auteurs such as Stanley Kubrick and Paul Thomas Anderson, and he’s finally ready to throw his hat into that ring again.

Iñárritu’s films led several actors to Oscar wins and nominations, and this project could potentially do the same for Cruise. He has three acting Academy Awards nominations under his belt, most recently for his supporting role in Magnolia in 2000. He also received the best picture nomination as a producer of Top Gun: Maverick, but it’s been over two decades since he’s been nominated for his work as an actor.