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9
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Move Over, Robocop: Tom Cruise Suits Up in First Image From 'All You Need Is Kill'

In the sci-fi blockbuster, the star relives the same horrific day fighting aliens over and over again.

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Does Tom Cruise have your attention?

It's hard not to take notice of the first official image from Warner Bros.' upcoming sci-fi actioner All You Need Is Kill.

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It would be enough if the megastar was simply outrunning a massive fireball, a look of steely determination on his face. But then there's that mecha-armor he's wearing, like something James Cameron would doodle on a cocktail napkin.

Based on a novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, the movie is directed by Doug Liman (Swingers, The Bourne Identity) and set in a near future where "a hive-like alien race" called the Mimics destroy Earth.

That's where Cruise comes in, playing Lt. Col. Bill Cage, an undecorated and ill-equipped soldier dispatched on a suicide mission against the enemy that winds up killing him -- over and over again.

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That's because contact with the alien race has placed him into an infinite time loop, requiring him to relive the same horrific day repeatedly -- each time gaining a little more skill and smarts. If you've ever pressed the reset button hundreds of times on your favorite first-person shooter until you became a deadly pro, then you know where he's coming from.

The film also stars Emily Blunt, yet another sci-fi mindbender for the actress after this year's Looper.

All You Need Is Kill is a long way away, however -- it's set for a spring 2014 release. Until then, Cruise will appear in a couple of other tentpoles: spy thriller Jack Reacher hits theaters Dec. 13, followed by Oblivion, a space-set film from Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski due out April 12.

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