Tom Cruise will fly to space with Elon Musk’s SpaceX to shoot Nasa-backed film

Project is scheduled to shoot in space in October 2021

Isobel Lewis
Wednesday 23 September 2020 10:51 BST
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Tom Cruise will fly to space to shoot his record-breaking new film project.

With the help of Elon Musk, the Mission: Impossible actor, 58, will make the trip with director Doug Liman to film scenes for the currently unnamed movie.

As reported by Space Shuttle Almanac, Cruise and Liman will travel to the International Space Station in the Axiom Space Crew Dragon capsule – owned by Musk’s SpaceX company – in October 2021.

Reports say that there is space for one other person on the flight, suggesting that another cast member may join them on the journey.

The film was first announced in May, when Nasa administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted that he was “excited” to work with Cruise on the project.

Cruise will reportedly head to space next year
Cruise will reportedly head to space next year (AFP via Getty Images)

“We need popular media to inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists to make @NASA’s ambitious plans a reality,” he wrote, with Musk replying that the process “should be a lot of fun”.

As well as directing, Liman is said to be writing the script, with Deadline reporting in July that Universal Pictures have pledged an estimated $200m (£157m) to the production.

If the trip goes ahead, it will be the first narrative feature ever to be filmed in space.

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