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Emily Blunt is All Tom Cruise Needs in New Sci-Fi Film

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Emily Blunt, who’ll be seen alongside Jason Segel later this month in ‘The Five-Year Engagement’,  is apparently in talks with Warner Bros. Pictures to sign up for a role opposite Tom Cruise in the big-screen adaptation of the novel ‘All You Need is Kill.’

A report by Variety states that Blunt will play a soldier who fights alongside Cruise in a future war against aliens known as “Mimics.” The Cruise character is killed one day in battle, only to awaken and find himself reliving his last day over and over again, gaining new skills as a warrior every time he travels through the time loop.

The original story was published in Japan as a “light novel,” a term that refers to a book that’s usually less than the length of a standard novel — often no more than 200 pages — and is frequently heavily illustrated. Light novels often form the basis for manga, anime and live-action films in Japan as well.

While the ethnicity of Cruise’s character will obviously be changed (he is Japanese in the original book), Blunt will most likely play Rita Vrataski, a U.S. special forces soldier.

The film is being directed by Doug Liman from a script by Dante Harper and Joby Harrold. Liman’s previous foray into the genre was 2008′s ‘Jumper.’

Blunt tackled sci-fi in last year’s ‘The Adjustment Bureau,’ and she returns to the genre this fall in Rian Johnson’s ‘Looper,’ alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis. She was also the original choice to play Black Widow in ‘Iron Man 2′ before scheduling conflicts forced her to bow out.

‘All You Need is Kill’ is slated to come out sometime in 2013.

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