Tom Cruise Lining Up 'We Mortals Are' for Warner Bros.

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The "Mission: Impossible" star could make the sci-fi epic next year.

Tom Cruise is a guy who likes to stay busy.

With two films in the can (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Rock of Ages), one filming (One Shot) and another (Horizons) lined up after that, Cruise is solidifying his interest in starring in the Warner Bros. sci-fi actioner We Mortals Are, with negotiations expected to begin soon. THR first reported in early October that the actor was talking to the studio and director Doug Liman about the project.

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Based on the 2004 Japanese graphic novel All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka and Yoshitoshi Abe, the film would have Cruise playing a soldier defending Earth from attacking aliens. Killed in battle, he is then stuck in a time loop that causes him to relive that day over and over while gaining strength and skill each time as he tries to change his fate.

Dante Harper and Joby Harold wrote the adapted screenplay.

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The CAA-repped Cruise has Ghost Protocol hitting theaters December 21 and Rock of Ages opening in June. With Paramount's One Shot shooting now for a February 2013 release, and Universal's Horizons lined up to start production in the new year for a summer 2013 opening, Cruise could conceivably film Mortals next summer.

Oddly for Cruise, who likes to mix up roles and genres, Horizons and We Mortals Are both involve sci-fi settings and conceits involving a soldier battling an alien race.