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