The Hollywood star will be shooting at the International Space Station as he teams up with Elon Musk's SpaceX.
Tom Cruise is not only known for his acting skills but also for the stunts he performs in most of his movies. Now, he wants to take his acting skills up a notch by literally shooting a movie in the outer space, reported Slash Film. The Hollywood star is all set to explore the outer space and in order to do that, he is teaming up with Elon Musk's SpaceX to make it happen. As reported by The Guardian, Tom Cruise is in talks with NASA regarding the project and the news was confirmed by NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, who took to Twitter.
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
He wrote, "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." A NASA spokesperson also confirmed to CNN Business that the actor will go to space and stay aboard in the multimillion-dollar laboratory that orbits around 250 miles above Earth. While Musk himself has not confirmed the collaboration but replied to Bridenstine's tweet saying, "Should be a lot of fun!”
Should be a lot of fun!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 5, 2020
The project is still in its early stages and representatives of Cruise did not comment on the topic as of now. But this is not the first time Cruise has been approached with the idea to make a movie in outer space. When Mission Impossible II came out, James Cameron approached the actor asking if he was interested in going to outer space to make a movie together.
If we can't talk about it we can't heal. Lot's of hype, but Brad couldn't even save that movie. Jim's smart, he knows. It's up to you now, Maverick. Take me to bed or lose me forever.— Kevin Hehmeyer (@spaceXcentric) May 5, 2020
In an interview with Slashfilm in 2018, Cameron said, "I actually talked to [Cruise] about doing a space film in space, about 15 years ago. had a contract with the Russians in 2000 to go to the International Space Station and shoot a high-end 3D documentary there. And I thought, ‘S—, man, we should just make a feature.’ I said, ‘Tom, you and I, we’ll get two seats on the Soyuz, but somebody’s gotta train us as engineers.’ Tom said, ‘No problem, I’ll train as an engineer.’ We had some ideas for the story, but it was still conceptual.”
I've been a filmmaker for over a decade preparing to create the first movie in space and would love to be a part of this project.— Lee Giat (@AstroDirector) May 5, 2020
Hope this reaches the right person! pic.twitter.com/nffFmAISiO
But, as we all know now, this particular project didn't see the light of day, but with this latest development, it looks like Cameron's idea might be getting harvested by some other filmmaker. It is not clear how or when Cruise will travel to space or which additional crew members will join in.
As of now, Russia is the only country with the ability to fly humans to and from the space station, but SpaceX and Boeing have also been working for years to develop spacecraft of the same efficiency.
tom cruise about to become the worlds most famous actor— David willis (@ThePrimalDino) May 5, 2020
Crew Dragon, a spacecraft of SpaceX is all set to complete its first crew mission to the ISS later this month. Previously, it was announced by SpaceX that the company will also work with third-party companies to sell seats aboard Crew Dragon for about $50 million each. A directive was also issued by NASA last year that would allow non-government space travelers to pay the space agency in order to use the International Space Station. The use of life-support equipment and the toilet was listed at $11,250 per day, while food, air, and other provisions were capped off at $22,500 per day.