Apparently, filming action movies and doing crazy stunts on Earth, isn’t enough of a rush for Tom Cruise. So now, he’s going to space. And Elon Musk is helping him do it.
The 58-year-old actor, has seemingly been ramping up the insanity factor of his films and the stunts he performs in them over the last decade. For Mission Impossible 4 he scaled the insanely tall Burj Khalifa Building. In one scene from Mission Impossible 5 Cruise is literally hanging onto the side of an airplane as it takes off and gains altitude. In Mission Impossible 6 he learned to fly a helicopter in a few weeks, and performed an insane death-defying chase scene over jagged mountains.
Where do you go from there?
Well, to space, naturally. Which is exactly where Cruise is headed. With help from NASA and Elon Musk himself, Cruise has managed to secure a spot onboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon Axiom tourist mission in October 2021 — the first ever.
Cruise has been involved in talks with Elon Musk’s SpaceX as well as NASA for months now, regarding the new (and insofar untitled) project — a movie shot in actual outer space. Until now, there has been no news or updates about those talks, or what was decided or discussed in them.
However, on September 18th, the Space Shuttle Almanac’s official Twitter posted the ISS 2020-22 passenger manifest and schedule. On which, Cruise’s name appears alongside Doug Liman (listed as “director”) and Commander Michael Lopez-Alegria, who holds two NASA spacewalk records.
So its 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. pic.twitter.com/dn6SLvCOGz
— Space Shuttle Almanac (@ShuttleAlmanac) September 19, 2020
There is also a third spot that still needs to be filled for that mission. When asked about the vacant spot, the Space Shuttle Almanac replied, “I believe there will be another actor joining Cruise. Possibly a Bond type girl.”
This would be the first time a movie was ever actually shot in space using real actors. It would also be Axiom’s very first tourist mission, making Cruise, Liman and the mystery passenger the first space tourists. No matter what the project is, it’s going to be a historic film — for its cosmic on-location shooting, if nothing else.
The real question here, though, is where will Cruise go next? When you've pushed your stunts so far they're taking you beyond our planetary atmosphere and into the Great Dark Empty of space, how can you raise the bar from there?