Directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity), Edge Of Tomorrow is adapted from Hiroshi Sakurazaka's novel All You Need Is Kill, and was known by the same title for quite some time.
The story finds Cruise as Bill Cage, a soldier happy to be working far from the front lines in a brutal war against powerful aliens. Cage, who has scored a plum job overseeing the army's PR, makes a series of mistakes and ends up in full battle armour on the front line, where he promptly dies.
Caught in a time loop, Cage finds himself back in time and, with the help training expertise of Special Forces fighter Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), he begins to figure out the secret to fighting the bad guys, right in the middle of one of the most important skirmishes of the conflict. It helps that Rita has apparently been experiencing the same time leaping effects, which seem connected to the invading alien technology. Can they make it work and save mankind?
The trailer promises lots of action, Cruise naturally throwing himself into the midst of the set pieces and Blunt showing that the sparks we saw in Looper (2012) are now a fire. It's a distinctly different role from most for the actress.
"I've discarded the bonnet and corset for an exosuit and a huge sword, it seems," Blunt told USA Today. "I was looking for something very different from anything I have done before. This was definitely that." Long days of training were required, with Blunt working on sprinting, yoga, wirework and gymnastics. Oh, and becoming a badass. "I even learned Krav Maga, a lethal martial arts using pretty much everything including your teeth to destroy. That was pretty fun."
Cruise, of course, is used to throwing himself into such things. But even he was surprised at the physical demands. "One of the suits with the angel wings had a sniper rifle and missile launcher on my back and weighed about 130 pounds. I'm having to sprint in it," he says. "It's physically gruelling."
With Bill Paxton (Haywire), Jeremy Piven (RocknRolla), Lara Pulver (Da Vinci's Demons), Charlotte Riley (Entity) and Jonas Armstrong (Hit & Miss) in the cast, Edge Of Tomorrow is set to arrive on May 30.