The upcoming Tom Cruise science fiction flick Edge of Tomorrow is set to release its first trailer later online this Wednesday, and likely also in front of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in theaters this Friday. To help stir up a little attention for the somewhat under-the-radar flick, the production has launched the “Embedded UDF” twitter feed, which describes itself as a “war feed from Verdun, France.” The UDF is short for the European Army’s “United Defense Force.” Sacre bleu!
So far the twitter feed has served up all manner of vague conflict descriptions along with three more concrete items: the accompanying pictures, which show off explosions, carnage, and soldiers equipped with the film’s eye-catching exoskeleton battle armor. It might not be the power armor from Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers, but it’s still pretty badass. The image above is fuzzy, but the figure in the background looks like it might be co-star Emily Blunt.
Directed by Doug Liman, Edge of Tomorrow stars Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Jeremy Piven, and Bill “Game Over, Man” Paxton. It originally sported the far more memorable title All You Need Is Kill, also the name of the Japanese graphic novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. It’s essentially a science fiction spin on the concept of Bill Murray’s Groundhog Day, with Cruise playing a soldier in a future war between mankind and some nasty aliens. When he’s killed during combat, Cruise’s Lt. Col. Bill Cage is surprised to find himself resurrected and reliving the day of his death over and over. As with Groundhog Day, he remembers all those repetitions, however, so he struggles to figure a way to change his fate to a less fatal one. And hopefully he gets to punch Ned Ryerson in the face at some point.
The flick has been through a handful of writers at this point, with a dude named Dante Harper originally handling the adaptation — he also wrote the script for Roland Emmerich’s Foundation, based on Isaac Asimov’s book series, and is one of the writers on Ridley Scott’s adaptation of Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War. Since then Edge of Tomorrow has been through the hands/keyboards of Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Star Trek’s Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci, and a chap named Joby Harold.
Edge of Tomorrow is due out on June 6, 2014. Check back Wednesday for the first trailer.