Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt lead the way here, and we’re expecting the first footage from the film to debut out in San Diego on Saturday.
The story unfolds in a near future in which a hive-like alien race, called Mimics, have hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, shredding great cities to rubble and leaving millions of human casualties in their wake. No army in the world can match the speed, brutality or seeming prescience of the weaponized Mimic fighters or their telepathic commanders. But now the world’s armies have joined forces for a last stand offensive against the alien horde, with no second chances.
Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously demoted and then dropped—untrained and ill-equipped—into what amounts to little more than a suicide mission. Cage is killed within minutes, managing to take an Alpha down with him. But, impossibly, he awakens back at the beginning of the same hellish day, and is forced to fight and die again…and again. Direct physical contact with the alien has thrown him into a time loop—dooming him to live out the same brutal combat over and over.
But with each pass, Cage becomes tougher, smarter, and able to engage the Mimics with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt), who has lain waste to more Mimics than anyone on Earth. As Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated battle becomes an opportunity to find the key to annihilating the alien invaders and saving the Earth.
Cruise and Blunt star alongside Bill Paxton, Charlotte Riley, Jonas Armstrong, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.
Liman (The Bourne Identity, Jumper) is directing from a script penned by Dante Harper (Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters), with a handful of writers doing a number of rewrites, including Joby Harold, Steve Kloves, Christopher McQuarrie, Tim Kring, Jez Butterworth, and the great writing duo of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, all based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s graphic novel, All You Need Is Kill.
Edge of Tomorrow is set to be released in 3D and IMAX 3D on June 6th, 2014, and I’ve naturally got a feeling this is going to be one of the biggest movies of the summer blockbuster season next year. Here’s to hoping that it won’t take long for the first footage to surface online after its Comic-Con appearance.