Buckle up everyone, because Tom Cruise is set to embark on a trip to space in 2021, in his upcoming movie with Elon Musk. The crew will be traveling in Musk’s SpaceX Crew Dragon Capsule, and the trip will be organized by Axiom Space.
The movie was announced earlier this year, and NASA administrator, Jim Bridenstine, emphasized his excitement about the project. At that point, not many details had been released, but today, it’s confirmed that Cruise has been working hard to get this mission underway all summer, with Universal Pictures.
NASA is excited to work with @TomCruise on a film aboard the @Space_Station! We need popular media to inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists to make @NASA’s ambitious plans a reality. pic.twitter.com/CaPwfXtfUv— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) May 5, 2020
Currently, director Doug Liman is still working on the script, along with Christopher McQuarrie, writer and director of the Missing: Impossible saga. McQuarrie is taking on the role of story advisor and producer, with the help of Cruise and PJ van Sandwijk, who are also producing the film.
So its confirmed that @CommanderMLA is flying the @Axiom_Space @SpaceX #CrewDragon tourist mission with Director @DougLiman & Tom Cruise. One seat still to be filled. They are to launch in October, 2021. pic.twitter.com/dn6SLvCOGz— Space Shuttle Almanac (@ShuttleAlmanac) September 19, 2020
Axiom Space Station will set off on a tourist mission next October, piloted by Commander Michael Lopez-Alegria. The film doesn’t have a name just yet, but right now, it has an estimated budget of around $200 million.
“If we can get Tom Cruise to inspire an elementary kid to join the Navy and be a pilot, why can’t we get Tom Cruise to inspire the next Elon Musk? That’s what we need,” exclaimed Bridenstine.
While Cruise is no stranger to going on daring adventures since he’s a Mission: Impossible icon, this might be his wildest task yet. Watch him travel to space and create an unbelievable movie aboard the International Space Station.