The idea behind Edge of Tomorrow is sort of Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers. Based on the Japanese novel All You Need Is Kill written by Hiroshi Sakurazaka and illustrated by Yoshitoshi Abe, the movie follows Cruise as Lt. Col. Bill Cage, a desk-jockey public relations officer called Keiji Kiriya in the book.
When Cage is dropped into combat against the alien telepaths known as Mimics, the untrained greenhorn is killed almost immediately, but inexplicably respawns at the beginning of his mission. Reliving his own death again and again, Cage is nonetheless able to make more progress each time, and his strange temporal pickle may end up holding the key to humanity's victory over the aliens that have lain waste to Earth.
So far, we've mostly just seen that Cruise wearing a bulky Heinleinesque armored battlesuit. The new images that dropped at the Edge of Tomorrow viral Twitter account @EmbeddedUDF give a sense of these suits in action against the unseen Mimic enemy and seem to tease Emily Blunt as Rita Vrataski, a legendary soldier known as "Full Metal Bitch" to her fellow grunts.
This is the latest feature from director Doug Liman, who is probably best known for starting a huge franchise with The Bourne Identity. Liman, who also directed Swingers, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and Fair Game, dipped his toes into the sci-fi pool with 2008's Jumper, but Edge of Tomorrow looks unabashedly sci-fi, with shades of anime and a host of other influences already on front street.
At Comi-Con back in July, IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick had the opportunity to speak with Edge of Tomorrow supporting player Bill Paxton. You can check out the exclusive interview by clicking this link.
Edge of Tomorrow is scheduled to hit theaters nationwide on June 6, 2014.
Head back this way on Wednesday to see the trailer.