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Tom Cruise Will Prove That ‘All You Need Is Kill’

Written by on December 1, 2011 

Word that Tom Cruise was the newest candidate for Doug Liman‘s All You Need Is Kill (then called We Mortals Are, after it was originally titled All You Need Is Kill), personally, came across as something of a desperate grasp by a project that was out of luck, with a rejection by Brad Pitt and some script rewrites being stopgaps to the sci-fi actioner. Sure, I like Cruise, but I never take a studio jumping from one mega-star to the next as a good sign; it feels like a last resort.

Whatever I expressed doesn’t seem to matter, since Variety reports that the actor — while not yet signed — has agreed to lead the film, after “weighing this role for some time after continued talks” with Liman. Thankfully, he doesn’t look to be signing on for money or another “movie star” role; it’s said that Cruise “liked the script so much that Liman traveled to Pittsburgh” to meet with him on the set of One Shot. Dante Harper‘s adaptation of the Hiroshi Sakurazaka manga, recently rewritten by Jody Harold, follows a “soldier in a war against aliens [who] finds himself reliving his last day over and over after being killed.” Thanks to “the training and battles he experiences in these time loops, he becomes a better soldier.” Something about this got Cruise particularly excited, though I can’t put my finger on it from that illustration of the plot.

My problem with his casting is twofold: The aforementioned sense of “we need someone big!” that I’m getting from the studio sticks out, and then there’s the concern that Cruise is simply too old to lead here. It’s noted that the script was rewritten to accustom the character for someone in his age range — but I still feel like he’s passed the time where launching tentpoles is reasonable; I’d be happy as anyone to be proven wrong here. We should find out in the next couple of years, as shooting will begin in the “late third/early fourth quarter of 2012.” Late 2013, I suppose.

Do you feel strongly one way or the other about Cruise leading Kill?

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