Tom Cruise is the action star who just can't be stopped. A lot of people were eager to write his death certificate when Knight & Day underperformed in 2010, but then Cruise came roaring back last December with Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, a franchise installment intended to hand the reins over to someone else that Cruise commandeered with the same charisma that's made him a star.

But even with his divorce from Katie Holmes and endless Scientology rumors casting a pall over his personal life, Cruise is gearing up to make three more runs at action stardom. The first, this December's Jack Reacher, is a relatively stripped-down thriller, but the next two will be significantly bigger sci-fi affairs. First up is Joseph Kosinski's Oblivion, set for April 12 next year, and then there will be All You Need Is Kill, the sci-fi actioner from Bourne Identity director Doug Liman. Warner Bros. announced today that the film is officially set for release March 14, 2014, and they also revealed the first official synopsis, which you can see below:

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 (Emily 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.

With Looper out in theaters now, it's funny to think that Emily Blunt is gearing up for yet another movie involving time loops. But the real driving force behind All You Need Is Kill, of course, will be Cruise, who is now past 50 and too old for these kinds of action roles by the normal standards, but continues to prove those normal standards wrong anyway.

March 14, 2014 is already looking like a crowded date, with Cruise now set to go up against Angelina Jolie in the live-action Disney epic Maleficent, as well as Fox's animated film Me And My Shadow.

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