Get ready for a film concept that’s out of this world. Actor Tom Cruise and Elon Musk’s SpaceX are working on a project with NASA to shoot an action film in outer space, Representatives for Cruise and SpaceX didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment, but NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine confirmed the news Tuesday in a tweet.
“NASA is excited to work with Tom Cruise on a film aboard the Space Station!” he wrote. “We need popular media to inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists to make NASA ambitious plans a reality.”
While NASA didn’t share more details, Deadline broke the news on Monday, in what seems like an article straight out of parody newspaper The Onion. The Deadline report says, “it’s not a Mission: Impossible film and no studio is in the mix at this stage.” The movie would be the first narrative feature film shot in outer space, and while details are sketchy, the report says it would be filmed in “Musk’s space ship.”
Neither NASA nor SpaceX has confirmed SpaceX’s involvement in the film, and the Deadline report didn’t mention the ISS. But the first-ever launch of astronauts to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX spacecraft is set for May 27, Bridenstine said last week. No mention was made of Cruise or when he might board a spacecraft.
Cruise is known for taking daring risks while making his films. He scaled the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, for the 2011 movie Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol. And Musk isn’t new to the entertainment world. He’s appeared in numerous movies and TV shows, often playing himself. In 2019, Musk voiced a mutated version of himself named Elon Tusk on the Adult Swim animated show Rick and Morty.
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