A story has been making the rounds today that Tom Cruise is more than likely set to star in director Doug Liman’s next venture, a sci-fi film called All You Need is Kill. Variety says that the star has been courted for the role for a while and seems to be poised to take it, while Inside Movies claims that the deed has already been done and the papers are all signed up, so no matter who you believe, it’s looking like this will be a project coming, at least eventually, to a theater near you.
All You Need is Kill is set to be adapted from a graphic novel of the same name by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, and the story sees Cruise’s character caught in a Groundhog Day-type time loop where he lives the same day over and over again, but with a slight twist. Okay, maybe not so slight, the twist is that the day he’s living over and over again is one where he’s battling space aliens for the very survival of the planet. Every day he goes to battle, every day he dies, and every morning he wakes up anew. Until the 158th time he gives it a go, and he meets a character called (at least in the comic) The Bitch of War, who changes everything. Sounds crazy.
Apparently the lead role actually calls for an actor that’s much younger than Cruise, but Liman and company liked him so much for the movie that they had the script rewritten to make the character older in order to entice the actor to the role even further. That’s a lot of work to snag an actor, but it seems to have worked. Probably it wasn’t necessary though, in a world where Cruise can get cast as a brute like Jack Reacher, casting him as a dude in his 20s isn’t that much of a stretch. The super famous movie star still has to film Oblivion before he can begin work on this film, but seeing as that one is all set to go in front of the cameras come March, schedules shouldn’t be too difficult to work out.