If the title Edge of Tomorrow doesn’t ring a bell, that’s because it’s what we’re now calling a project that started its development under the name All You Need is Kill, then went through a period where it was experimenting with other titles, and eventually settled on this. It’s that upcoming Doug Liman movie where Tom Cruise puts on a crazy looking robotic exoskeleton to battle aliens, dies, and then has to relive the same battle over and over again, Groundhog Day-style. Oh, and also it has Emily Blunt. One should never fail to bring up Emily Blunt when appropriate.
But anyway, on to the point. What the film hasn’t ever had, up until now, was a supporting role played by Jeremy Piven. That didn’t seem like so much of a problem at first—a lot of movies don’t feature supporting roles played by Jeremy Piven, after all—but Deadline is reporting that, despite the fact that principal photography on the film is over, Liman is going to get some resources together to shoot some more scenes which will involve the newly cast Entourage actor playing a character named Colonel Walter Marx.
While adding in a whole new actor after a film has already wrapped seems like a fairly unconventional practice, Warner Bros. executives have stressed that these extra shoots involving Piven’s character have always been part of the plan for the film, and this isn’t a case of the filmmakers panicking and trying to cobble together rewrites and reshoots after they got into the editing room and discovered that there were still plot holes that needed to be filled or that a segment of the film just wasn’t working. Piven, for his part, seems to have been perfect for their needs, because he was already in the UK enjoying his summer hiatus from his British television drama Mr. Selfridge.
Given the fact that the character Piven is playing has a military title, one has to wonder if he’s going to get the chance to strap on a robotic exoskeleton for a scene or two as well, or if he’ll just be playing some sort of smarmy bureaucrat. The world might not be ready for Jeremy Piven kicking ass in a robotic exoskeleton, but you have to admit, the visual alone makes one chuckle.