Due to the forced quarantine that the coronavirus pandemic has caused worldwide, the entertainment industry has essentially ground to a haltbeen grounded to a halt; forcing actors to stay at home and production to stop.
But that’s not stopping Mission Impossible actor Tom Cruise from starring in his next film. Instead, he’ll choose a different, more extreme location than the studios in Hollywood, California: one that’s out-of-this-world. Literally.
According to a tweet from NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, Cruise, an action star known for performing his own stunts, will film in space.
“NASA is excited to work with Tom Cruise on a film aboard the space station,” he wrote on Tuesday. “We need more popular media to inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists to make NASA’s ambitious plans a reality.”
NASA may not be the only organization helping Cruise achieve this feat. On Monday, Deadline reported Cruise will also collaborate with Elon Musk’s SpaceX on the narrative feature film shot in space, specifically, the International Space Station.
According to Deadline, the film is supposed to be an action-adventure, but it’s reportedly not a sequel to the Mission Impossible series that Cruise has starred in. It is also unclear when production will begin and when or how Cruise will get to space to begin filming.
NASA and SpaceX were unable to be reached for comment.
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All this comes in a busy time for Musk, who reported on Monday via Twitter that his son was born. The boy’s mother is Musk’s girlfriend, singer Grimes.
But aside from the personal news, Musk’s aerospace company, SpaceX is also scheduled to perform a big milestone in the coming weeks.
For the first time since the space shuttle program retired in 2011, American astronauts will launch aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program from Kennedy Space Center pad 39A.
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The launch is scheduled to occur at 4:32 p.m. May 27.
Who knows, perhaps the astronauts scheduled to fly on Crew Dragon — Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley — will be onboard the space station to greet Cruise when he flies to begin filming.
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Contributing: Charles Trepany