Tom Cruise has worked in just about every genre you could think of over the course of his three-decade career, but lately he seems to be on something of a sci-fi kick. He recently attached himself to Our Name is Adam, and has Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion and Doug Liman‘s All You Need is Kill both due out next year. Perhaps the first image from the latter explains why he’s so interested in aliens and apocalypses as of late. After all, when else does a guy get to don a giant robotic exoskeleton? Hit the jump to take a look.

Adapted from the book by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, All You Need is Kill follows a soldier killed in a de facto suicide mission against alien invaders called Mimics. Instead of resting in peace, however, he gets caught in a time loop of his last day alive. As he experiences the same day over and over again, he learns from his experiences and becomes a more worthy foe to the Mimics. Or, tl;dr version: It’s “Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers,” as Russ put it.

Cruise appears to be running away from a giant explosion in his bulky mechanical suit in the photo. We don’t have much context for the scene, but maybe we’re seeing the moments before one of his many deaths. Based on just this one photo, it looks like All You Need is Kill could be a treat for moviegoers who like their sci-fi actioners to go heavy on the “sci-fi” part.

Also starring Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, and Charlotte Riley, All You Need is Kill opens March 14.

The story unfolds in a near future in which a hive-like alien race, called Mimics, have hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, shredding great cities to rubble and leaving millions of human casualties in their wake. No army in the world can match the speed, brutality or seeming prescience of the weaponized Mimic fighters or their telepathic commanders. But now the world’s armies have joined forces for a last stand offensive against the alien horde, with no second chances.

Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously demoted and then dropped—untrained and ill-equipped—into what amounts to little more than a suicide mission. Cage is killed within minutes, managing to take an Alpha down with him. But, impossibly, he awakens back at the beginning of the same hellish day, and is forced to fight and die again…and again. Direct physical contact with the alien has thrown him into a time loop—dooming him to live out the same brutal combat over and over.

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. 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 Earth.

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