Universal’s chief confirms plan to send Tom Cruise into space

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Tom Cruise is set to boldly go where no other actor has been before, according to Universal’s Donna Langley.

It’s been a while since we heard any fresh details about that future Tom Cruise’s project, you know, the one that will see him get blasted into actual space. Once the star has wrapped up work on the two Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning  films, the project still very much appears to be in the pipeline with Universal chairwoman, Dame Donna Langley recently discussing the project with the BBC.

It was back in 2020 that Space Shuttle Almanac, the official Twitter account for all things space-related, confirmed that Cruise and director Doug Liman would be heading into space to shoot scenes for the as-yet unnamed movie. The project is the result of a collaborative effort between NASA, billionaire Space X founder Elon Musk, along with Cruise/Liman and their production team.

Whilst Russia sent a team of filmmakers to the International Space Station last year to make The Challenge, its own feature-length film in space, Cruise and company are looking to be more ambitious, although plans for his biggest stunt yet have been slowed down by the delays to his final Mission: Impossible outings.

Langley has confirmed that the project is still happening though, also revealing the exciting news that Cruise is in line to be the first ever civilian to do a spacewalk, all of which will no doubt be captured on film.

In her words, “we have a great project in development with Tom that does contemplate him taking a rocket to the Space Station. And hopefully he will become the first civilian to do a space walk outside of the International Space Station. He will play a down-on-his-luck guy who finds himself in the position of being the only person who could save Earth.”

We learned back in January of this year that  the space flight will be led by Commander Michael Lopez-Alegria who holds several space-walking records with NASA. The voyage is  also still set to be aboard a Space X Crew Dragon Axiom Tourist Flight. Mission: Impossible franchise director Christopher McQuarrie is co-scripting the film, and like Cruise, he’s been a bit busy of late.

We also know that only part of the film is set to be shot in space, with Edge Of Tomorrow's Doug Liman set to direct. We continue to be excited by this ongoing story and will bring you fresh news as we hear it.

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