Tom Cruise takes on a new impossible mission.
What if he flies to space? It started out as a joke being passed around by his fans, who noticed that in every new action film he starred in, he would show us new and more daring than ever exhibitions.
But it seems like Tom Cruise has heard us: the man known for executing his own out-of-this-world stunts is outdoing himself by literally going out of this world.
Tom in Space
Early this year, plans for a new Tom Cruise film with Elon Musk and NASA were announced. Directed by Edge of Tomorrow filmmaker Doug Liman, this will be the first film to actually shoot in the outer space.
On May 5, NASA confirmed their partnership with the Hollywood actor via the Twitter account of NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, who wrote: “NASA is excited to work with @TomCruise on a film aboard the @Space_Station! We need popular media to inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists to make @NASA’s ambitious plans a reality.”
NASA is excited to work with @TomCruise on a film aboard the @Space_Station! We need popular media to inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists to make @NASA’s ambitious plans a reality. pic.twitter.com/CaPwfXtfUv
— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) May 5, 2020
The 200 million dollar project is still untitled. However, a recent update from Space Shuttle Almanac’s Twitter confirms that the trip to space is definitely on its way. On September 19, they posted a chart showing the countries and spacecrafts launching to space in the next three years. The image reveals that in October 2021, there will be a tourist mission titled Space X Crew Dragon, with Tom Cruise, Doug Liman, and a yet-to-be-named third visitor on board. NASA veteran Michael Lopez-Algeria will be the pilot of the trip.
So its confirmed that @CommanderMLA is flying the @Axiom_Space @SpaceX #CrewDragon tourist mission with Director @DougLiman & Tom Cruise. One seat still to be filled. They are to launch in October, 2021. pic.twitter.com/dn6SLvCOGz
— Space Shuttle Almanac (@ShuttleAlmanac) September 19, 2020
Tom Cruise, at 58, is certainly a man with great ambitions, and he’s showing no signs of stopping from reaching new heights. Previously, the Mission Impossible star made headlines when he hung from a helicopter for a stunt, and also when he broke his leg during the Fallout filming because he leaped from one rooftop to another. Also, who wouldn’t forget the heart-skipping scene in Ghost Protocol where Cruise climbed and made Burj Khalifa, a.k.a the tallest building in the world, his playground? He’s basically like Jackie Chan, but more ambitious.
Aside from this first-ever shot-in-space film, Tom Cruise will be returning as Ethan Hunt in Mission Impossible 7. Promotion for Top Gun sequel is also still on-going after numerous pandemic-related premiere delays. Top Gun: Maverick is eyeing a December 23 release date.
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