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Tom Cruise To Shoot In Space With Elon Musk’s SpaceX at the International Space Station

Well, it looks like Tom has run out of EARTH defying stunts. He is now going to space to shoot a film. The NASA administrator, Jim Bridenstine, confirmed Tom will be filming on the International Space Station. Read the articles below:

From Deadline:

Out Of This World! Tom Cruise Plots Movie To Shoot In Space With Elon Musk’s SpaceX

DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE: I’m hearing that Tom Cruise and Elon Musk’s Space X are working on a project with NASA that would be the first narrative feature film – an action adventure – to be shot in outer space. It’s not a Mission: Impossible film and no studio is in the mix at this stage but look for more news as I get it. But this is real, albeit in the early stages of liftoff.

Mission: Impossible Fallout took a break, literally when he broke his ankle in a leap from one rooftop to the other and he also hung from a helicopter; he hung from the side of a jet plane during takeoff in Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, and in Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol he scaled the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai skyscraper, and executed stunts 123 floors up. He is meticulous in preparing these stunts he does, which are frightening just to watch.

There has never been a leading man (Jackie Chan might dispute this) who puts himself at risk as often as does Cruise, in the name of the most realistic action sequences possible. If he is successful shooting a project in Musk’s space ship, he will be alone in the Hollywood record books. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on Tuesday confirmed Deadline’s scoop.

From Collider:

Tom Cruise Is Making the First Action Movie in Outer Space, Because of Course He Is

Space. The final frontier. Or so it seems for Tom Cruise, who is reportedly teaming with Elon Musk‘s Space X and the brainiacs at NASA to shoot an action movie in outer space.

Take that, Tom Hanks (Apollo 13), Ryan Gosling (First Man), Matt Damon (The Martian), George Clooney (Gravity) and Brad Pitt (As Astra), among countless others! Those guys have only pretended to be in outer space. Tom Cruise is actually planning to do it, and hey, if anyone can pull it off, it’s him, right?

Deadline has the news, writing that this would not be a Mission: Impossible movie, and there is no studio involved at this time, as the projects is “in the early stages of liftoff.”

Does it make sense that Cruise would be the first movie star to launch himself into outer space for his art? Of course it does! This is a man who has scaled the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, hung from both a helicopter and the side of a jet plane, and shattered his ankle jumping between buildings. And you thought he’d rather shoot on a green screen rather than become an actual astronaut? You don’t know what dedication is until you’ve met Tom Cruise.

Now, it’s unclear when we’ll see this project come to fruition, as Cruise still has to shoot a pair of Mission: Impossible movies, and there’s no telling what could happen to him as he tries to top his last few onscreen stunts. But on the bright side, there’s no coronavirus in space, so at least he won’t have to worry about that — though he’ll still have to wear a mask and gloves.

And, this is not the first time Tom has tried to go to space, check out the article from W Magazine:

It’s safe to say people are likely dreaming of ways to get off this planet right now, but Tom Cruise might actually do it. Earlier this morning, Deadline ran a short item that Cruise and Elon Musk’s company SpaceX, in conjunction with NASA, were in the early phases of discussing the possibility of shooting a movie in space.

Somehow, this managed to attract less attention than Musk allegedly naming his newborn child X Æ A-12. This is perhaps not even the craziest rumor we’ve ever heard about Tom Cruise.

Yet, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine confirmed on Twitter by the end of the day that, indeed, this is something which may actually occur. Though, his tweet mentions nothing of Musk or his company.

The Deadline item clarifies that the film would not be part of the Mission: Impossible franchise, but does heavily imply that Cruise would star in the film.

Matters like plot, of course, have not been confirmed. Nor is there any indication about how much of the film would be actually shot in space—just a pivotal scene, or the whole thing?

Perhaps we should have seen this coming. This isn’t even the first time Cruise has entertained the idea of shooting in space.

A few years ago, the inordinately ambitious director James Cameron revealed that in around 2000, he discussed the possibility of shooting a film in space with Cruise.

“I actually talked to [Cruise] about doing a space film in space, about 15 years ago. I had a contract with the Russians in 2000 to go to the International Space Station and shoot a high-end 3-D documentary there,” Cameron told Empire. “And I thought, ‘S—, man, we should just make a feature.’ I said, ‘Tom, you and I, we’ll get two seats on the Soyuz, but somebody’s gotta train us as engineers.’ Tom said, ‘No problem, I’ll train as an engineer.’ We had some ideas for the story, but it was still conceptual.”

Russia’s Soyuz space shuttles did, for a short time, allow some form of space tourism (Remember when Lance Bass almost went to space back in 2002? Yeah, that would have been on Russian shuttles).

In fact, through one of those Soyuz flights, the first short film ever shot in space was made possible. Back in 2009, video game entrepreneur Richard Garriott booked a seat to the International Space Station and recruited a few actual astronauts and cosmonauts to act out a nine-minute film called Apogee of Fear.

We imagine Cruise would aim for something a little more professional.

Ultimately, though, Cruise’s allegiances remain with America. In another odd story, he apparently inspired and took part in the redesign of NASA’s official website at some point. He’s a confirmed space nut, despite the fact that he has surprisingly few space-centric films in his body of work.

Though, America has not had its own space shuttle program since 2011. So, we imagine, that’s where Musk’s SpaceX comes in. The company already has contracts with NASA to shuttle both supplies and astronauts back and forth between earth and the International Space Station. What’s one more roundtrip for Tom Cruise?

The film would be a milestone, but it does put things in perspective. In the ’60s, the space race represented the pinnacle of mankind’s scientific achievement. Today, space is just the next frontier in the content wars.