Chantal has sent me some cool articles confirming Tom in The Few:
Is Tom Cruise making a follow-up to ”Top Gun”? No, but he plans to play another fighter pilot in ”The Few,” where he’d star as real-life WWII hero Billy Fiske by Gary Susman
Once again, Tom Cruise feels the need… the need for speed. According to Variety, the ”Top Gun” star is hoping to climb back into the cockpit to play a fighter pilot in Paramount’s World War II drama ”The Few.” He’d play real-life war hero Billy Fiske, an Olympic athlete-turned-fighter pilot who led the group of American flyboys who covertly joined Britain’s Royal Air Force in 1940, well before the U.S. entered the war, violating the official American policy of neutrality and risking possible jail time. The role may also have Cruise doing something he’s never done on screen: die. Fiske was the first American pilot killed fighting the Germans.
”The Few” would reunite Cruise with some of his current collaborators. Directing is Michael Mann, who’s about to shoot Cruise’s first villain role in ”Collateral,” in which Cruise will play a hitman. In talks to write the script is John Logan, screenwriter of another Cruise war movie, ”The Last Samurai,” which opens in December.
Well, his character is in the latest movie he has signed on to, The Few. In the film, Tiny Tom plays Billy Fiske, the first American pilot to die in WWII (and whose son would one day go on to rule New York City crime with a chubby fist, trapped in an endless grudge match with a blind lawyer). It seems that while the US was still neutral, Fiske and a small group of Americans risked prosecution to fly Spitfires for the decimated RAF.
The project is like a reunion – the script will probably be written by John Logan, who scripted Cruise’s winter film The Last Samurai, and it will be directed by Michael Mann, who is helming Cruise’s next film, the cab thriller Collateral.
From Cinema Confidential
Variety reports that Tom Cruise is taking it to the skies again in “The Few” for Paramount Pictures.
Cruise will reteam with “Collateral” director Michael Mann, which will begin filming shortly. In “The Few,” Cruise will play Billy Fiske, the first American pilot killed fighting the Germans in World War II. Fiske was an Olympic athlete who was half-British, half-American. He broke U.S. rules and fought with the British against the Nazis.
“The Last Samurai” scribe John Logan is in negotiations to pen the script based on a book by Kershaw.