Who would have thought that the first person, outside of international space station, to perform a spacewalk would be the Mission Impossible star! And that’s no other than Tom Cruise, who has been working with NASA and Elon Musk’s SpaceX to film the first ever space movie.
Universal studio’s chairwoman Dame Donna Langley has revealed that Tom Cruise will be making history by blasting into space for an upcoming Universal blockbuster.
Langley told the BBC:
“We have a great project in development with Tom that does contemplate him taking a rocket to the Space Station. And hopefully he will become the first civilian to do a space walk outside of the International Space Station. He will play a down-on-his-luck guy who finds himself in the position of being the only person who could save Earth.”
It was first reported over two years back that Tom Cruise might shoot a film aboard the International Space Station. NASA said, in May 2020, that they were in talks with Cruise and SpaceX on some sort of film project that was unrelated to the actor’s Mission: Impossible films. NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine wrote at the time:
“We need popular media to inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists to make @NASA’s ambitious plans a reality.”
They originally planned Tom Cruise’s first sojourn into the galaxy for October 2021, but the global pandemic interrupted it. Later, a Russian film crew beat Cruise to the punch, spending 12 days in orbit shooting scenes from the upcoming space movie ‘The Challenge’. The Russian collaboration will still beat Tom Cruise and Elon Musk’s upcoming action adventure with NASA and Space X, being the first feature film shot in outer space.
However, the Russian project does not feature a spacewalk, therefore, Tom Cruise might just become “the first civilian to do a space walk outside of the International Space Station” – even if in a space movie.
Langley said that,
“The movie itself, actually takes place on earth, and then the character needs to go up to space to save the day.”
She said sending Cruise to space is among the studio’s mission.
“Tom Cruise is taking us to space. He’s taking the world to space. That’s the plan.”
However, although Cruise does have some previous ISS experience having narrated, via Earth, the 2002 IMAX documentary Space Station 3D, the movie is still in the dream phase and hasn’t begun production yet.