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'All You Need' is Emily Blunt? Actress in Talks for Cruise/Liman Pic

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood April 17, 2012 at 11:22AM

Doug Liman has set his sights on Emily Blunt to star alongside Tom Cruise in the Warner Bros.' "All You Need is Kill." In-demand Blunt is in talks to join the project, which is based on a graphic novel about a soldier fighting a war against aliens who...
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Doug Liman has set his sights on Emily Blunt to star alongside Tom Cruise in the Warner Bros.' "All You Need is Kill." In-demand Blunt is in talks to join the project, which is based on a graphic novel about a soldier fighting a war against aliens who - a la "Groundhog Day" or "Source Code"- relives his last day over and over after being killed, while becoming a better and better soldier. Blunt would play his soldier comrade.

Since stealing the show in "The Devil Wears Prada," Blunt has become a favorite all-rounder - cute, smart, sexy, funny, likable - in big pics ("The Adjustment Bureau") and small ("Sunshine Cleaning"). Next up is Blunt's "Five Year Engagement" (April 27) opposite Jason Segel. She has already earned raves at Toronto and Sundance for Lynn Shelton's "Your Sister's Sister" opposite Mark Duplass and Rosemary DeWitt (IFC June 15). In the fall she stars with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis in  Rian Johnson's "Looper" (September 28).

Blunt is also said to be in the running for Rob Marshall's "The Thin Man" remake, opposite Johnny Depp. She faces stiff competition from the likes of Kristen Wiig and Emma Stone.

Cruise has three studio tentpoles lined up: "Rock of Ages" (June 15), "One Shot" (December 21) and "Oblivion" (April 26, 2013).

This article is related to: CASTING WATCH, IN THE WORKS, News, News, Tom Cruise, Jack Reacher, The Five-Year Engagement, Your Sister's Sister


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.