Just when we thought that Tom Cruise couldn’t achieve any more success after the Top Gun Sequel, news breaks out about his venture into space to become the first actor to film a movie in space. You heard that right: Tom Cruise will be filming in actual space.
The 60-year-old star has apparently teamed up with director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) to potentially film a movie on the International Space Station, making it a first for Hollywood. This ambitious film was set to start shooting in 2020, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
While this news can seem revolutionary, it kind of is to be expected. After all, going to space is no longer the impossible feat that it once was. Surely, it is no easy feat either, but it seems slightly more achievable and tangible in our day and age.
What we know so far
According to reports, Cruise and Liman approached Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG) with a plan that would have the actor launched into the International Space Station.
The movie will mostly be shot on Earth, but it culminates in the characters traveling to space to “save the day” in a typical superhero movie trope. The only difference will be that this will not be simulated, but instead Cruise will be actually launched into space, making him potentially the first civilian to step into outer space.
This movie is definitely the first of its kind, however, it doesn’t really surprise anyone to hear that Tom Cruise will be starring in such a movie. After all, the actor is known for his ambitious stunt work. In fact, the actor is known for not using a stunt actor and being adamant on doing his own stunts in movies.
In an interview with BBC, Donna Langley, chairman of Universal Film Entertainment Group said: “Tom Cruise will be taking the world to space. That’s the plan. 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.”
I can’t wait for the movie to start filming and watch a documentation of this very first civilian venture into space for entertainment reasons.
Space truly is becoming more and more accessible: Space-based film studios are coming soon.
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