London glimpsed in Edge of Tomorrow

Around this time last year, Trafalgar Square came to a standstill due to several roaming army tanks and Tom Cruise landing a helicopter. No, the actor wasn't paying a flying visit to the capital with his entourage for a spot of shopping: the Hollywood megastar was shooting a scene for his latest blockbuster, Edge of Tomorrow.

Well now we can see what all the fuss was about in the new trailer for the sci-fi film, which is due for release next summer.

In the feature - previously called All You Need is Kill - Cruise plays Lt. Col. Bill Cage, a soldier caught up in a Groundhog Day-style loop after fighting a war with an alien race known as Mimics. Directed by Doug Liman (Mr & Mrs Smith, The Bourne Identity) the film also stars Brit actress Emily Blunt as a Special Forces soldier who teams up Cruise's Cage to fight the battle.

Unfortunately there's no footage of the army descent on Trafalgar Square in the trailer, however we do get to see a helicopter fly past Big Ben; Cruise driving a motorbike through The Mall near Buckingham Palace, and a caravan blowing up in what looks like an area close to Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, the studio home of the feature.

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The film is just one of a number of American blockbusters choosing UK locations and studios as their preferred shooting choice; all great news for our flourishing film industry we say - and for tourists of course wanting to catch a glimpse of Hollywood royalty.

Since our last round-up of US productions alighting on Blighty, we have further details on even more - including Mission: Impossible 5 (also starring Cruise), which will shoot at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden next June; 24: Live Another Day, the big-screen outing of the edge-of-your-seat drama starring Kiefer Sutherland; The Avengers: Age of Ultron; London Has Fallen, the sequel to Olympus Has Fallen starring Gerard Butler; and some small low-budget project called Star Wars: Episode VII…

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