Tom Cruise joins Top Gun-with-aliens scifi flick Yukikaze

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THR reports that Tom Cruise has joined as the lead of Yukikaze, Warner Bros.' new scifi film based on the novels by Japanese author Chohei Kamayashi. It's basically Top Gun with aliens, so I imagine this is going to work out for everybody.


The novels, which were adapted into an anime in 2002 and released in the U.S. by Geneon, are set in a world where aliens have invaded Earth through a portal over the Antarctic, but have been pushed back by the world's combined air forces. Now combined and called the Fairy Air Force (because Japan), these troops must fight the aliens, called the JAM (because also Japan) even as they place hidden agents amongst humanity.

Despite the aliens, I can't stress what a straight air combat movie this is; seriously, it's going to be Top Gun except with aliens and Cruise's jet is going to have an AI that talks back to him. Which, given how many zillions of dollars Top Gun made back in the '80s and how fondly remembered it is, should be a blockbuster. Hell, even Michael Bay probably couldn't screw this up. Unless, of course, you're a fan of the original Yukikaze.

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Cruise seems to have a real "thing" for Sci-Fi lately.

Not that I have a problem with this...