Tom Cruise to star in sci-fi film based on Japanese ‘Yukikaze’ novels

He'll star as a fighter pilot battling to protect the human race from an alien invasion

Tom Cruise has signed on to star in a new sci-fi film called Yukikaze.

The film is an adaptation of the Yukikaze novels by Japanese author Chohel Kamayashi, which were previously made into a series of five direct-to-video anime movies that came out between 2002 and 2005.

The story follows the human race’s battle to protect itself against an alien race called the JAM, who invaded planet Earth through a wormhole that appeared over Antarctica. “Yukikaze” is the name of the fighter plane equipped with artificial intelligence that is flown by the hero, to be played by Cruise.

The Hollywood adaptation is being produced by Erwin Stoff and Tom Lassally, who recently worked with Cruise on another sci-fi film based on a Japanese novel. Titled All You Need Is Kill, it stars Cruise as a soldier fighting in a war against aliens who gets stuck in a time loop on his final day in battle. The film, which also stars Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton, is scheduled for release next March.

Meanwhile, another sci-fi movie starring Cruise, Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion, opened in cinemas last Friday (April 12). Scroll down and click ‘play’ to watch the trailer.