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The movie, based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka‘s book, is from Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures.
Warners president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman and president of international distribution Veronika Kwan Vandenberg made the announcement Monday.
The film is being directed by Doug Liman and is the first movie to be shot at the recently christened Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden near London. Principal photography begins Monday.
The story is set in the near future, in which a hive-like alien race, called Mimics, have hit Earth, shredding cities to rubble and leaving millions of human casualties. The world’s armies have joined forces for a last offensive.
Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously demoted and then dropped into battle. Cage is killed within minutes, managing to take an alpha alien down with him. But he awakens back at the beginning of the same day and is forced to fight and die again — and again, as physical contact with the alien has thrown him into a time loop.
“But with each pass, Cage becomes tougher, smarter and able to engage the Mimics with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt), who has lain waste to more Mimics than anyone on Earth,” a description of the film says. “As Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated battle becomes an opportunity to find the key to annihilating the alien invaders and saving the planet.”
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