Posted on Monday, April 15th, 2013 by Angie Han
Tom Cruise has jumped from genre to genre over the course of his decades-long career, but lately the one he seems most invested in is sci-fi. This weekend’s Oblivion marks his first sci-fi flick since 2005’s The War of the Worlds, but he’s got several lined up beyond that including Doug Liman’s All You Need Is Kill and the time travel flick Our Name Is Adam.
And now, on top of all that, he’s now poised to continue that streak with Warner Bros.’ Yukikaze, in which he’ll play a futuristic soldier engaged in an interdimensional war against aliens. Hit the jump to keep reading.
[Update: Watch the first episode of the Yukikaze anime adaptation after the jump.]
Based on a series of novels by Chohel Kamayashi, Yukikaze unfolds on an Earth that’s been attacked by a mysterious alien force called JAM, which have arrived via a hyper-dimensional passageway that suddenly opened up over Antarctica thirty years previously. Humanity fights back and manages to drive them back through the passageway to the alien planet Fairy, but now a special force (led by Cruise’s character, a second lieutenant) must enter enemy territory to keep them from coming back once and for all.
The new film reunites Cruise with 3 Arts’ Erwin Stoff and Tom Lassally, who produced All You Need Is Kill. No director or screenwriter has been announced at this time, so it sounds like the project’s still in the pretty early stages.
But Cruise will have plenty to keep him busy between now and then. Aside from the sci-fi films mentioned above, he’s working on sequels to Mission: Impossible and Jack Reacher, and recently entered talks to star in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. for Warner Bros. and Guy Ritchie. As of last year, he was also linked to star in a Van Helsing reboot for Universal.
[Update: The Playlist dug up the five-episode anime adaptation of Yukikaze; watch the first episode below.]
Discuss: Not gonna lie, I’ll be kind of disappointed if the aliens don’t shout “You just got JAMMED!” while attacking Earth.