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Bill Paxton Enlists Along Tom Cruise in Sci-Fi 'All You Need Is Kill'

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September 18, 2012
Source: THR

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"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.

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  • DAVIDPD
    Cool concept.
    • Scopedog
      You should read the book. It's been translated into English, and while it is short (around 200 pages), it packs a bigger punch that most novels twice it's length. I don't know how this film version will turn out, but the cast and director give me hope that it will be good. And if it gets more people to read the source novel, then so much the better.
  • JerseyBoy
    I just randomly went to the store and bought a film with Bill Paxton..I come back and he's on the front page here, weird
    • beevis
      you ever see paxton in "fraility"......that's a disturbing film.
      • JerseyBoy
        Holy crap that was same exact film I bought no joke...it came in a double feature along with Saw 1
        • beevis
          man, fraility is one of the most disturbing films i've ever watched......BP gave an amazing performance.
          • Scopedog
            Right on, bedevils. That was one hell of a great--and scary--film. That was also Paxton's directorial debut, right?
          • beevis
            not sure about it being his debut - but, if it was - surely an amazing start.
          • DAVIDPD
            I loved FRAILTY too! It is in my top five horror films list. It was so shocking, and I did not see that twist coming at all! One of the only films I can genuinely say that about. Have you seen JACOB'S LADDER?
          • beevis
            yea - i've seen JL - i liked it, but it (for me) it wasn't in the same league ad fraility. i don't like ranking films - it's too hard for me to do. but, fraility was done as well as any horror/thriller could be.
          • DAVIDPD
            true dat.
      • Frailty is great!
  • beevis
    shouldn't a rookie soldier be played by someone younger than cruise?.......
  • crystaltowers
    Marketing exec: "Picture this....[raises hands]...it's 'Groundhog Day.......with aliens!'".
    • Scopedog
      Actually...it's based on book--a Japanese SF novel. But yeah, it is 'Groundhog Day' meets 'Starship Troopers'--but it goes in a different direction and is a pretty damned good read.
  • sounds good!
  • Awesome, I loved him in Independence Day.
  • Ehsan Davodi
    All You Need Is CRUISE

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