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One would think that once a film has completed production it would be done adding actors to the cast list, but apparently that's not the case for director Doug Liman's upcoming sci-fi action movie Edge of Tomorrow. According to Deadline, cameras have started rolling again on the project in order film a few new scenes, and to play a new character they've enlisted Entourage star Jeremy Piven.
Based on the book All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka and an adapted screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher), the film is set in a distant future when the Earth is being attacked by alien invaders. Tom Cruise stars as Bill Cage, a cowardly PR guy who accidentally finds himself suiting up in exoskeleton armor and on the fields of battle. The twist is that he winds up inheriting an ability from the aliens and suddenly finds himself repeating the same day of the war over and over again, with nobody on the human side believing his story with the exception of a fellow warrior named Rita (Emily Blunt). Bill starts his career on the battlefield as a fish out of water, but with each new experience he learns more and more and becomes a better fighter. Piven joins a supporting cast that includes Bill Paxton and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.
According to the new report, Piven will be playing the role of Col. Walter Marx, but there is no word on who is character is or how he fits into the plot. The casting news was confirmed by a spokesperson at Warner Bros., but they also insisted that Liman and his crew were always planning to come back and shoot more scenes. As Deadline explains, they are likely trying to avoid looking like World War Z, which actually completely reshot its entire third act.
Thanks to his key role on HBO's Entourage and the British series Mr. Selfridge, Piven has spent most of the last decade on television, but he does have some big screen projects coming up. For starters he will be reuniting with Spy Kids: All The Time In The World director Robert Rodriguez for a part in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, which won't be out until 2014. Also, the Entourage movie got the green light all the way back in January, so presumably Piven will soon be reprising his role as Ari Gold.
While many people love Piven as Ari, though, my favorite role that the actor has ever taken on will always be James 'Droz' Andrews from 1994's PCU.
Edge of Tomorrow will be in theaters on June 6, 2014.