Tom Cruise has been a busy man the last while, with his upcoming film Oblivion looking pretty entertaining, and he seems to be staying in the realms of sci-fi with his latest casting news.
Mr. “Jack Reacher” Cruise has signed on to star in Chohei Kambayashi’s Yukikaze, based on the novel of the same name. He seems to have gotten a taste of sci-fi, this time opting for a film with a very anime-sounding concept and name. Take a look at the book’s synopsis from Comingsoon:
More than thirty years ago, a hyper-dimensional passageway suddenly appeared over the continent of Antarctica. Fighters from the mysterious alien force known as the JAM poured through the passage, the first wave an attempted terrestrial invasion. Their ferocity was unquestionable, their aim unknown. Humanity, united by a common enemy, managed to repel the invaders, chasing them back through the passageway to the strange planet nicknamed “Fairy.”
The task of finishing the battle was given to the newly formed FAF, a combat force created to go to Fairy and eliminate the JAM bases once and for all. Now, in the midst of a war with no end in sight, Second Lieutenant Rei Fukai carries out his missions in the skies over Fairy. Attached to Tactical Combat and Surveillance Unit 3 of the Special Air Force, his duty is to gather information on the enemy and bring it back to base—no matter the human cost. His only constant companion in this lonely task is his fighter plane, the sentient FFR-31 Super Sylph, call sign: Yukikaze.
So, as I stated earlier, this reads a lot more as a anime film than a Hollywood blockbuster but it definitely has potential and with Tom Cruise attached, it definitely has the star power to draw in crowds…and perhaps tap even more into the Japanese markets. All I know is, it does seem like a fun idea for a sci-fi film and I am extremely happy that the genre is starting to pique more A-list interest these days. With so many horror and sci-fi flicks heading our way, us geeks really are spoilt for choice and I dare say I approve.
Last Updated: April 16, 2013