It would seem that making his mark in Hollywood isn’t enough for 60-year-old actor Tom Cruise. The adrenaline junkie is constantly on the search for the next daring and dangerous stunt to pull, whether it’s jumping off the world’s tallest building or hanging vertically off a plane, Cruise will do it in the name of film.
But now, the Top Gun star is taking it to the next level by announcing that he is set to film parts of his next film in space – the very first actor to do so, and the first civilian to spacewalk outside of the space station.
Tom Cruise in freakin’ space!!
Tom Cruise's $200 million space movie mostly "takes place on earth, and then the character needs to go up to space to save the day.” The plan is for Cruise to become "the first civilian to do a spacewalk outside of the space station." https://t.co/VU8FNlGYYG
— Variety (@Variety) October 11, 2022
Cruise is on the lips of every Hollywood director and producer in Hollywood right now after the commercial success of Top Gun: Maverick (it’s on its way to becoming the highest-grossing domestic film of all time, soaring towards $1.3 Billion at the Global Box Office). So, it’s fair to say that if Tom Cruise wants to go to space to film a movie, he’s going to get it.
Cruise is currently in talks with Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG) to get the all-clear to travel to the International Space Station for his next film, which he will work on alongside director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity; American Made).
UFEG Chairman Donna Langley confirmed via a NY Post report that Cruise is 100% serious in his pursuit to film in space, too.
“I think Tom Cruise is taking us to space. He’s taking the world to space.
That’s the plan. We have a great project in development with Tom…Taking a rocket up to the Space Station and shooting.”
Langley also provided information surrounding the untitled space film, saying that most of its scenes will be filmed on Earth but features “the character [going] up to space to save the day.” She adds that it’s hopeful that Tom Cruise “will be the first civilian to do a spacewalk outside of the space station.”
While little is known about this space theatrical, what we do know is that when Tom Cruise puts his mind to something, it usually comes to fruition. If he is triumphant in his mission to film in space, can we expect this will become the norm in the entertainment industry, especially as productions look to increase budgets and make movies as real as possible?
Only time will tell…