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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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Reader Feedback - 18 Comments

1

Cool concept.

DAVIDPD on Sep 18, 2012

2

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.

Scopedog on Sep 18, 2012

3

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

JerseyBoy on Sep 18, 2012

4

you ever see paxton in "fraility"......that's a disturbing film.

beevis on Sep 18, 2012

5

Holy crap that was same exact film I bought no joke...it came in a double feature along with Saw 1

JerseyBoy on Sep 18, 2012

6

man, fraility is one of the most disturbing films i've ever watched......BP gave an amazing performance.

beevis on Sep 18, 2012

7

Right on, bedevils. That was one hell of a great--and scary--film. That was also Paxton's directorial debut, right?

Scopedog on Sep 18, 2012

8

not sure about it being his debut - but, if it was - surely an amazing start.

beevis on Sep 18, 2012

9

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?

DAVIDPD on Sep 18, 2012

10

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.

beevis on Sep 19, 2012

11

true dat.

DAVIDPD on Sep 19, 2012

12

Frailty is great!

Avi Smulders on Sep 18, 2012

13

shouldn't a rookie soldier be played by someone younger than cruise?.......

beevis on Sep 18, 2012

14

Marketing exec: "Picture this....[raises hands]...it's 'Groundhog Day.......with aliens!'".

crystaltowers on Sep 18, 2012

15

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.

Scopedog on Sep 19, 2012

16

sounds good!

Avi Smulders on Sep 19, 2012

17

Awesome, I loved him in Independence Day.

Matt Peloquin on Sep 19, 2012

18

All You Need Is CRUISE

Ehsan Davodi on Sep 19, 2012

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