Emily Blunt Joining Tom Cruise For ‘All You Need Is Kill’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 24th, 2013 at 9:55 am,

Before he sets to work on the currently-in-development Mission: Impossible 5, Tom Cruise has two big sci-fi/action literature adaptations to appear in. First in line is Oblivion, which is being overseen by TRON: Legacy helmer Joseph Kosinski – followed by All You Need Is Kill, a project set to be directed by Doug Liman, of Bourne Identity and Mr. & Mrs. Smith fame (and Jumper infamy).

All You Need Is Kill has also been referred to as both We Are Mortals and We Mortals Are in the past, similar to how Oblivion has on-and-off been reported as going under the alternative title Horizons. The projects’ titles aside, the former of these Cruise-controlled vehicles (sorry) appears to have landed an increasingly-popular leading lady.

Variety says that Emily Blunt is in talks to join the cast of All You Need Is Kill. The Golden Globe-winning actress is up to portray a soldier in a futuristic war against an invading extraterrestrial army – and serve as a comedic foil to Cruise’s character, who inexplicably ends up reliving the final day of his life over and over, after he is killed in combat [insert Groundhog Day and/or Source Code reference of choice here].

Such a move would allow Blunt to continue carving out a niche for herself as a staple actress of mind-bending sci-fi fare, following her role in last year’s The Adjustment Bureau and upcoming turn in this fall’s Looper. Blunt also remains a top contender to co-headline the impending Thin Man remake with Johnny Depp. Suffice it to say, her starmeter doesn’t look to start dropping anytime soon.

The pairing of Cruise with “hot” (yes, in all meanings of the term), younger actresses is becoming all the more common a practice in blockbusters – including, Rosamund Pike (Wrath of the Titans) in this winter’s One Shot, Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace) in Oblivion, and now Blunt in All You Need Is Kill. It’s an effective way to boost the bankability of any title headlined by the soon-to-be-50 year old A-lister.

If there’s any reason for concern about All You Need Is Kill right now, it’s due to the relatively common criticism that Liman (as a director) seems to struggle when it comes to realizing the full potential of “high concept” thrillers. Of course, the end result here will also depend on the script work by Dante Harper (Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters) and Joby Harold – the latter of which already has one strike against them (Awake). No pressure, of course…

All You Need Is Kill (or whatever the project ends up being titled) is expected to begin production by the last quarter of 2012. As always, we will let you know if that changes.

Source: Variety

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  1. im glad tom cruise is getting back to making movies consistently, before knight and day it seemed he only appeared in like 2 or 3 over the past 5 years. now he has like 5 over the next 2 or 3 years. i just hope they release mission impossible 5 a little sooner then all the other sequels. M:I 1-M:I 2 = 4 years, MI2-MI3 = 6 years, MI3-MI4 = 5 years. Hopefully they can release MI5 in the next two years or so.

    • Tom Cruise really inspires me. When he says “you got to keep going no matter what” he means it and proves it. Most of all he respects his fans and I support all his movies.

      I think MI4 was great and MI5 might be set to release in late 2014. By early 2013 he should be done with All You Need Is Kill and hopefully start working on the next MI! that will be a 2 year gap, this is assuming the Les Grossman project is postponed…

  2. All you need is kill is not a comicbook its a novel , a very good SCI-FI / Military Japanese novel .

    • It is more a genuine graphic novel than a traditional manga/Japanese comic book, you are correct.

      I went ahead and changed that bit accordingly.

        • i think you are being a little over enthusiastic

          • I would guess 150 mill budget but the posts I’ve seen of people who have read the script seem equally enthusiastic as kure lol

      • You completely missed the point; It’s not a graphic novel/comic/manga at all…it’s a NOVEL. You know, those things with all text and no illustrations?

        • I do know what a novel is, thanks.

          And All You Need Is Kill does actually have illustrations, credited to Yoshitoshi ABe.

      • No, it is a novel. A work of prose fiction. It is not a comic book in any way—the pages are full of words, not pictures.

  3. $250-300 million budget? No way. $150mil tops I say.

    Cruise is gonna have a massive year in 2012 with Oblivion and this.

  4. Any word on when this might be hitting theaters? Sounds really interesting if they do it right.