Tom Cruise Is Teaming Up With NASA And SpaceX To Create The First Feature Film Shot In Space
If you're creating a list of actors who have pushed the definitions of what modern-day movie making can actually entail, Tom Cruise would be at the top of most people's list. He's taken on more challenging roles, done more of his own stunts, climbed more skyscrapers, flown more actual fighter jets, and starred in more death-defying scenes than any other, carving out a legacy as one of Hollywood's true icons in the process.
But soon, he'll be able to add the title of bona fide astronaut to his resume too, as it's been confirmed today that he'll be set to star in the first ever feature film shot in space. Not set in space, shot in space.
News emerged earlier this week via Hollywood news website deadline that Cruise was in the early stages of planning with NASA and SpaceX boss Elon Musk to bring a space-based movie to life, for the first time using the real outer-void of our planet's atmosphere as the setting and shooting location. Such rumours were quickly confirmed by NASA and Musk himself, with NASA chief Jim Bridenstine announcing that the film will come together aboard the International Space Station.
NASA is excited to work with @TomCruise on a film aboard the @Space_Station! We need popular media to inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists to make @NASA’s ambitious plans a reality. pic.twitter.com/CaPwfXtfUv— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) May 5, 2020
"We need popular media to inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists to make NASA's ambitious plans a reality," Bridenstine said in his tweet.
Actual details about the movie itself are still yet to emerge, and Cruise himself is yet to respond officially about the project. But given the NASA stamp of approval and Cruise's apparent ability to bring the most outlandish of movie ideas to life, expect more info on the project to arise sooner rather than later. You have to imagine it'll be some kind of blockbuster space-faring action flick, which isn't out of the reach of the now 57-year-old action star.
As a company that already assists NASA in getting certain equipment and satellites into space, it's likely Musk's SpaceX will provide logistical support to the mission-come-production, flying Cruise and a crack team of filmmakers to the ISS, which orbits the Earth 400km above the ground. If production does go ahead, it'll make Cruise one of SpaceX's first private passengers.
In fact, SpaceX is still yet to blast anyone into space at all. Only on May 27 will the company's first manned mission go ahead, when NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley become the first crew to fly to the International Space Station in a private spacecraft using a Crew Dragon spacecraft.