If all goes to plan, Tom Cruise will be the first actor fired into space to shoot scenes on and around the International Space Station.
Chatting to the BBC, Universal chairwoman Dame Donna Langley said: “Tom Cruise is taking us to space. He’s taking the world to space. We have a great project in development with Tom, that does contemplate him doing just that. Taking a rocket up to the space station and shooting and hopefully being the first civilian to do a spacewalk outside of the space station.”
Additional details about Cruise’s top-secret blockbuster are presently being kept under wraps, but Langley did supply a rough summary of the plot.
“He will play a down-on-his-luck guy who finds himself in the position of being the only person who could save Earth,” she said. The idea for the film was first conceived in 2020, and while the stunt is currently an “aspiration” for the studio, both NASA and Elon Musk’s SpaceX have publicised their intent to help with the scheme.
The movie will be directed by Doug Liman, who worked with Cruise on 2014’s The Edge of Tomorrow. In an interview with Deadline, the filmmaker said: “I think the reason that Tom is such a superstar is, as much as we’re talking about making a movie, not on Earth, I believe Tom has both of his feet planted on the ground. No matter what the movie is he’s like, ‘I’m getting to go make a movie.’ That enthusiasm! He has made god knows how many movies, and he hasn’t lost that enthusiasm.”
In an interview with Thrillist, Liman said: “When a producer proposes something crazy to you, like, let’s try to shoot a movie in outer space, and Nasa and SpaceX sign on, and Tom Cruise signs on… you’re just a little bit more receptive.”
Earlier this year, Cruise revealed that he doesn’t take days off because he is “living the dream”.