The first image has emerged online of Tom Cruise in Doug Liman‘s live-action film adaptation of Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s Japanese prose novel All You Need Is Kill.
As you can see, the photo shows Cruise who plays Lt. Col. Bill Cage (likely Keiji Kiriya in the original novel) clad in a powerful mecha suit from head to toe while running away to avoid explosion.
Cage is a soldier who was killed on his first mission, but direct physical contact with the alien has thrown him into a time loop, and reincarnating over and over again into the battle – each time he reincarnates, he gets better and more skillful at battling the alien ‘Mimics’.
All You Need Is Kill began production in London’s Leavesden Studios last month, co-starring Emily Blunt, Charlotte Riley, Bill Paxton, Tony Way and Kick Gurry.
Penned by Joby Harold, the sci-fi movie previously known as We Mortals Are, is said to be in the vein of Groundhog Day and will make its way out to the U.S. theaters on March 7th, 2014.
Here’s the official synopsis:
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.