WATCH: Tom Cruise Channels 'The Matrix' In New 'Oblivion' Trailer

Cruise gets ready to rumble in new sci-fi thriller

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Sci-fi is becoming Tom Cruise's favourite genre, and with a new movie due out in April 2013, 'Oblivion', we can see why in this new trailer.

The star plays Jack Harper (not Jack Reacher, who the actor will star as in his next film), alongside Morgan Freeman in a situation that bears a passing resemblance to 'The Matrix', the 1999 film that changed expectations of the sci-fi genre.

Like Lawrence Fishburne in 'The Matrix' getting Keanu Reeves to step outside what he thinks is reality, Morgan Freeman prods Cruise into action and he discovers a collection of people in sinister looking pods.

Cruise's actions will apparently trigger "a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands."

No doubt that will include plenty of action, wise but cryptic explaining from Freeman and a conspiracy that could be destroying the human race that Tom must save the world from.

WATCH: The new trailer for 'Oblivion'

PHOTOS: Tom Cruise filming 'Oblivion'

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Tom Cruise and Olga Kurylenko, July 14 2012 (Splash News)