Bill Paxton Enlists Along Tom Cruise in Sci-Fi 'All You Need Is Kill'
"Game over, man!" The famous battle cry from Bill Paxton in James Cameron's Aliens became a catch phrase that has followed (and maybe haunted) the actor throughout his long career, and now he'll don a uniform and suit up for battle one more time. THR reports that Paxton is in talks to join Tom Cruise in the sci-fi action flick All You Need Is Kill, being directed by Bourne Identity/Jumper helmer Doug Liman. Cruise plays a rookie soldier in a futuristic war against an alien race who dies on the battlefield but is reborn to fight the same day over and over, becoming a better soldier each time he and hoping to change his fate.
Paxton, whose career path has surprisingly never intersected with Cruise's until now, is eyeing the role of a platoon sergeant that the script describes as a "living piece of leather." It's unclear if the filmmakers will use some excessive makeup to achieve that effect or will just rely on a more natural approach for Paxton, but if the 50-year old Cruise is supposed to be a rookie here, then I guess we'll buy just about anything. Either way, Paxton is an awesome character actor (remember his great performance in Cameron's True Lies?), and should be an excellent addition to an already-strong cast Liman has put together, including Charlotte Riley.
Actress Emily Blunt is also along for the ride, and a previously-unknown piece of info reveals her character figures out that Cruise is in a time loop. Will she have to re-discover this fact every day within the movie? Seems like that's the only way this could makes sense, but I'm sure she's more than familiar with the basics of time travel after working on Rian Johnson's upcoming Looper. Stay tuned for more updates on this sci-fi project, as it's one we're closing watching, since it sounds so damn cool.