After shattering box office records with Top Gun: Maverick, it seems Tom Cruise is now aiming for yet another death-defying barrier. The untitled movie supported by Universal Pictures will feature Tom Cruise heading to space to shoot his next upcoming film. This will mark the first occasion where a feature film is being shot in space.
The actor who recently broke the sound barrier in his reprisal of top naval aviator Maverick in Joseph Kosinski’s Top Gun sequel, is now looking to break through Earth’s atmosphere. When Tom Cruise launches into space for his new action film with director Doug Liman, he will “hopefully” make history by becoming “the first civilian to conduct a spacewalk” outside the International Space Station.
In addition to travelling to space for his upcoming filming location, Tom Cruise is reportedly getting ready to perform the ultimate gravity-defying feat by dangling from a space station that is orbiting the Earth at a distance of 254 miles (408 kilometers).
Given that Cruise is notorious for performing his stunts, this will only enhance his well-established reputation as a daredevil.
The head of Universal Pictures, Donna Langley, made light of it in a recent BBC interview. Although it was already known that the movie would shoot some of its action on the ISS, Langley revealed that Cruise will also perform a spacewalk. The Cruise space project has a budget of $200 million.
“Tom Cruise is taking us to space. He’s taking the world to space. That’s the plan,” Langley told BBC. “We have a great project in development with Tom, that does contemplate him doing just that. Taking a rocket up to the space station and shooting and hopefully being the first civilian to do a spacewalk outside of the space station.”Previously, Cruise and Liman worked together in American Made (2017) and Edge of Tomorrow (2014). The movie will also feature a collaboration between both NASA and Elon Musk’s SpaceX enterprise. While the narrative specifics about Tom Cruise’s space movie are being kept under tight wraps, we can expect it to be an action film with an apocalypse-level threat.