Say what you want about Tom Cruise; he’s dedicated to the job. The actor has consistently pushed the boundaries on set, performing some of the craziest stunts in film history. From hanging off the side of a plane in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation to experiencing the extreme G-forces of a F/A-18 jet in Top Gun: Maverick, the man has zero chill. With no plans to slow down anytime soon, the 60-year-old is reportedly working on finalising a deal to make him the first actor to shoot a feature film in outer space.
Cruise is said to be in talks with Universal Films En Group about filming at the International Space Station. While movies such as the Cruise narrated documentary Space Station 3D and 2012’s Apogee of Fear were filmed at the ISS, the actor wants to become the first civilian to perform a space walk. Has he not seen the 2013 blockbuster Gravity?
“I think Tom Cruise is taking us to space, he’s taking the world to space,” UFEG chairman Donna Langley told BBC News. “That’s the plan. We have a great project in development with Tom … Taking a rocket up to the Space Station and shooting.”
Cruise has long been known to push the limits of action stunts. Ahead of a ComicCon screening of Top: Gun Maverick, the actor, made a promotional video appearance while filming Mission Impossible 7 and seemed to be taking his stunts to new heights, literally.
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Cruise was recently asked at the Cannes Film Festival why he chooses to forgo a stunt actor, reportedly responding: “No one asked Gene Kelly, ‘Why do you dance?'”
The Hollywood heavyweight’s approval rating has never been higher following the massive success of the long-awaited sequel, Top Gun: Maverick. It became the fifth highest-grossing film in Australia just a few weeks after its May release, having since jumped to third place and raking in over $1.4 billion at the global box office.