Tom Cruise is a little closer to his ambitious space plan.
The actor is reportedly set to blast off to the International Space Station in October 2021, according to a tweet from the Space Shuttle Almanac account. The account tracks the calendar for crews flying up to the ISS, and a new tweet shows Cruise is scheduled on a SpaceX flight along with director Doug Liman.
The two are scheduled for the SpaceX Dragron crew flight under Tourist 1 and Tourist 2, alongside pilot Michael López-Alegría. Liman has the designation "director" next to his name, pointing at the possibility that the duo will be filming once they get to space.
The film is said to be an action adventure, but it reportedly will not be the next installment in Cruise's Mission: Impossible franchise. Cruise's longtime collaborator Liman has also worked with the star on Edge of Tomorrow and American Made.
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Cruise, 58, is known for his boundary-pushing stunts in his action movies, which he often does himself. The last Mission: Impossible movie, 2018's Fallout, even had to take a break from filming after Cruise broke his ankle while jumping from one rooftop to another.
His plan was first announced in May, with SpaceX CEO Elon Musk later confirming the report alongside NASA Administrator James Bridenstine.
"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," Bridenstine tweeted alongside a picture of the International Space Station.
"Should be a lot of fun!" Musk replied in a tweet.
At the historic SpaceX launch later in May, Musk and Bridenstine both spoke about their hopes for sending Cruise to space to shoot a new movie.
“The answer is yes, we would love for Tom Cruise to fly to the International Space Station and make a movie," he said, according to IndieWire. "I’m all for that. We’re going to do what we can to make that happen. There was a day when I was in elementary school and I saw Top Gun. From that day, I knew I was going to be a Navy pilot. It’s just the way it was. The goal here [is similar,] and it’s what we’re doing today [with the rocket launch].”
“Get the kids fired up about it! Get them to want that space suit and want to go into orbit and go to the moon and go to Mars," Musk added on the movie's goal. "We’re reigniting the dream of space. Anyone who has within them the spirit of exploration should love what’s going on today.”
Bridenstine concluded, “If we can get Tom Cruise to inspire an elementary kid to join the Navy and be a pilot, why can’t we get Tom Cruise to inspire the next Elon Musk? That’s what we need. We need a new generation of many Elon Musks. That’s what we’re doing with our launch [and the film]. It’s all about the next generation.”
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