Tom Cruise Dies to Fight In First Trailer For ‘Edge of Tomorrow’

Written by on December 11, 2013 

If you enjoy a little bit of Groundhog Day mixed in with your explosive summer action blockbuster, then Warner Bros. seemingly has the film for you this June. The Bourne Identity and Jumper director Doug Liman has teamed with Tom Cruise for the sci-fi actioner Edge of Tomorrow and today brings our first trailer, which is also attached to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Cruise, who plays a character that must defend Earth from an alien attack by repeatedly dying and going back into combat, tells USA Today, “It’s storytelling. You’re going to get the audience used to the experience of it. And then you get to have them laugh with it.” Hopefully Liman and co. can sell the concept and pull the combination off, and one can see our first glance below for the film also starring Emily BluntBill Paxton, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and Jeremy Piven.

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.

Edge of Tomorrow opens on June 6th, 2014.

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