Doug Liman Teases New Character for the ‘Smaller’ Edge of Tomorrow Sequel

Earlier this month, director Doug Liman announced the title for the highly-anticipated Edge of Tomorrow sequel, revealing the new film will be titled Live Die Repeat and Repeat. Speaking on the Happy Sad Confused podcast (via Collider), Liman further elaborated on the Tom Cruise/Emily Blunt sequel and his philosophy on making one.

“I think what people tend to do with sequels is they just make them bigger. And I’m like, ‘No, a sequel should be smaller.’ You did the first film as sort of the ad campaign for the sequel, so now you don’t need as much action, and in the case of Edge of Tomorrow, people obviously loved the comedy and they loved the situation… So we can do way more focus on Tom’s character and Emily Blunt’s character, and there’s a third character in the sequel that’s gonna for sure steal the movie. We can focus on that. I don’t need an action sequence every two minutes.”

Liman further spoke on the film, saying not to expect any further films and that the sequel would be the end of the series.

“I see this as a two-movie franchise; there’s the completion of the story we set up in the first movie and the relationships between Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt—because, remember, at the end of the first movie, she doesn’t know who he is—and that’s gonna launch us into an amazing new direction. It does pick up right where we left off, but it doesn’t keep going forward, because we’d screw with time, because the aliens screwed with time.”

Directed by Liman, the first Edge of Tomorrow brought in just north of $100 million at the domestic box office, and cleared $370 million worldwide. The film also starred Bill Paxton, Noah Taylor, Kick Gurry, Dragomir Mrsic, Charlotte Riley, Jonas Armstrong, Franz Drameh, Masayoshi Haneda and Tony Way. The movie was based on the acclaimed novel “All You Need is Kill” by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.