“Mission Impossible” star Tom Cruise is on the verge of getting his most notable feat in cinematic history. The actor previously released his blockbuster sequel to “Top Gun: Maverick” earlier this year and received rave reviews in addition to massive success at the box office.
Besides his acting prowess on screen, Cruise is known for his willingness to do stunts in his movies, particularly films full of death-defying acts like the “Mission Impossible” franchise.
The 60-year-old seems like he’s on the verge of adding yet another notch to his belt, according to a recent report. Cruise and Doug Liman are slated to film scenes from an upcoming film in space, making the actor the first to do so.
Read on to learn more.
Tom Cruise Will Shoot A Film Space
Cruise is on his way to land another historic feat. According to reports, the 60-year-old is currently laying down plans with Liman, the director of “The Bourne Identity,” for a film set in outer space. The project is reportedly not affiliated with the “Mission Impossible” franchise and first came on the table two years ago.
The movie pitch was moved from 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cruise and Liman reached out to Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG) concerning the idea. According to the plans, the “Top Gun: Maverick” star would board a rocket that would launch him to the International Space Station.
Donna Langely, the Chairman of UFEG, spoke to BBC News concerning the project. “I think Tom Cruise is taking us to space; he’s taking the world to space,” Langely said. “That’s the plan. We have a great project in development with Tom … taking a rocket up to the Space Station and shooting.”
The Majority Of The Film Will Be Shot On Earth
Langely further revealed that most parts of the movie would “take place on earth, and then the character needs to go up to space to save the day.” The UFEG Chairman is notably the first British woman to be in charge of a major film studio in America.
Langely said that she hoped the “Jack Reacher” actor would be the first civilian to achieve a “spacewalk outside of the space station.” The idea was initially placed via a Zoom call between Cruise and Langely in 2020. The UFEG Chairman explained that the actor told her that he had “this great project” and proceeded to explain what it entailed.
The outer space movie is reportedly still developing; however, Langely revealed that the movie industry was attempting to return to the level it reached before the onset of the pandemic. BBC News also explained that Cruise’s move to space was currently on an “aspiration” level.
Tom Cruise’s Initial Space Travel Was Postponed
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Space Shuttle Almanac revealed that it was making preparations for Cruise and the “The Bourne Identity” director to move into outer space to shoot the parts of the film.
The company announced via its official Twitter page, explaining that the duo would be launched in October 2021 as part of Elon Musk’s Axiom SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule.
The September 2020 tweet read, “So it’s 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.”
At the time, the film was still in its early stages and had neither a title nor plot; however, it would symbolize the actor’s most noteworthy feat in his decade-long death-defying career.
Tom Cruise Was Injured In 2017
Over the years, Cruise has been involved in several truly terrible stunts. On his 60th birthday, Christopher McQuarrie, the director of “Mission Impossible” released a photo of the actor doing one of his mind-boggling stunts.
Cruise was shown dangling out of an airborne red biplane with barely any assistance. It wasn’t revealed exactly where the photo was from; however, it was likely taken while filming the fast approaching “Mission: Impossible” film, “Dead Reckoning Part One,” which is slated for release in 2023.
In a separate incident in 2017, the 60-year-old sustained severe injuries on the “Mission Impossible 6” set. A leaked clip showed Cruise making a terrifying leap onto a rooftop; however, the stunt went in the wrong direction.
The “Top Gun” actor was shown as he slammed into a building and hung in his harness mid-air until he could pull himself upright. Cruise eventually dragged himself to the roof and met with the rest of the crew members. However, the horrifying incident didn’t seem to faze the actor, and a few months later, Cruise returned to the London set to continue with the stunts.