Tom Cruise stars in sci-fi action film Edge of Tomorrow | PHOTO: Warner Bros

Edge of Tomorrow, a Tom Cruise sci-fi action thriller,  opens in Singapore on June 5. We’ve been looking forward to this movie since we saw Cruise starting a duet with host Chris Hardwick at the movie’s panel at Comic Con 2013. This movie has been flying under the radar, but count down to June 5 with our list of 6 things you didn’t know about Edge of Tomorrow!

Read our coverage of the movie and look out for our review!

1. Edge of Tomorrow has Japanese roots

Edge of Tomorrow is based on the Japanese military-centric science fiction graphic novel All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. The studio made the switch in titles nearly a year after the project was announced. In an interview with Variety, Warner Bros spokesman Sue Kroll said this was partly because “there was a lot of negative chatter about having a movie with the word ‘kill’ in the title.”

Fun facts:

  • However, the movie will be released in Japan under the original title.
  • In the original book, the Mimics are invading Tokyo, Rita is American, and Cage is a Japanese man named Keiji Kiriya, nicknamed “Killer Cage” by the end.

2. Cruise helped develop the bulky exoskeleton-style armor

Let’s repeat that –  Tom Cruise basically said, “I’ve got tons of money and time on my hands, think I’ll help develop some fictional death armor. NO BIG DEAL.”

Edge of Tomorrow costume
Exosuits at San Diego comic con 2013 ©Geek Crusade

3. Emily Blunt had a brief meltdown after trying on the exosuit. And Tom Cruise called her a wuss.

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©Warner Bros

Emily Blunt might look so badass in the movie, but she admitted to Ellen Degeneres that after putting on the metal suit, she started crying because it was so heavy and she would be required to perform action scenes in it for 5 months.

“The first time I put it on I cried. I remember Tom was there… to see how the exosuit fitting went… and I’m not really a crier, but I felt completely overwhelmed that I was gonna have five months of this. We put it on and he said, ‘How are you doing…? You OK?

She then burst into tears and Tom told her to stop being a wuss!

4. The exosuits were heavy

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This suit weighs 130 pounds, but I’ll still sprint in them because I’m Tom Cruise ©Warner Bros

The costume was so heavy—it weighed more than 100 pounds—and burdensome, that Cruise looked like something out of a Woody Allen movie. – Bill Paxton at SDCC 2013

The visually impressive metal exosuits that  allowed full movement weighed an average of  85 pounds (38 kg). One of the heavier versions, at 130 pounds (59 kg) ,had angel wings with a sniper rifle and missile launcher. And poor Cruise had to sprint in it.  The suits were so heavy that between takes, the actors would be suspended by chains from iron frames to take the weight of the suits off their shoulders.

In case you’re wondering: the Cruiser wore an actual metal suit for the duration of the shoot rather than rely on C.G.I enhancement.

5. Jeremy Piven’s character was added during re-shoots – and ended up being cut from the movie.

Jeremy Piven was cast as Col. Walter Marx after filming for the movie wrapped. His very late addition might have been baffling, but a Warner Brothers spokesman stressed that the plan was always to come back and shoot some extra scenes with Piven. However, what is more head scratching is that after all the re-shoots there was no sign of Piven in the early preview of the movie we saw. #Awkward

6. The Edge of Tomorrow red carpet premieres mimic the movie.

Cruise and Blunt took advantage of the time difference and went on 3 Red Carpets, 3 Countries, 1 Day for the ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’ Premieres. The race against the clock started  in London at 7am, then Paris at 2pm, and finally  New York City at 10pm. All on the same day! #Impressed

Watch this amazing 13 mins Edge of  Tomorrow Featurette – some spoilers


About the movie

The epic action of Edge of Tomorrow unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. One man finds himself inexplicably forced to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again. But with each battle he gets one step closer to defeating the enemy. Stars Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton. Directed by Doug Liman.

Edge of Tomorrow opens in Singapore on June 5. Read our coverage of the movie and Look out for our review!