Despite personal trauma and turmoil, Tom Cruise remains ever busy. This December, Cruise stars in "Jack Reacher" for Paramount, an action thriller based on the Lee Child novel series. (How Cruise will handle his press obligations for the film in the wake of the Vanity Fair cover story about his alleged girlfriend auditioning process remains to be seen.)
In April of 2013, Cruise will be seen in "Oblivion," a science-fiction film that sounds a bit like a live-action version of "WALL*E": "A court martial sends a veteran soldier to a distant planet, where he has to destroy the remains of an alien race. The arrival of an unexpected traveler causes him to question what he knows about the planet, his mission, and himself," reads IMDb.
Now, Warner Bros. has announced that Cruise's other new science-fiction action film has a release date: "All You Need Is Kill," which stars Cruise and Emily Blunt, will arrive in theaters on March 14, 2014. (Tom Cruise, no longer a summer movie staple.)
If "Oblivion" is a big budget "WALL*E," consider "All You Need Is Kill" a more expensive "Source Code." Per THR:
The story is set in the near future, in which a hive-like alien race, called Mimics, have hit Earth, shredding cities to rubble and leaving millions of human casualties. The world’s armies have joined forces for a last offensive.
Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously demoted and then dropped into combat. Cage is killed within minutes, managing to take an alpha alien down with him. But he awakens back at the beginning of the same day and is forced to fight and die again ... and again -- as physical contact with the alien has thrown him into a time loop.
For Blunt, "All You Need Is Kill" is another step toward action films, following "Looper."
"This really felt like the right time to do it, and you can’t ask for a better team than Tom and [director] Doug [Liman] –- Doug is such a visionary and Tom is the most accomplished action guy you can find," Blunt told Movieline. "We sat down a few times, we had a table read and character development talks, and he’s really fantastic in the room with that stuff; he’s very collaborative and very, very professional. And he’s fun.”
For more on "All You Need Is Kill," head over to THR.