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The actor will shoot his next film off planet Earth.

It’s official: Tom Cruise will travel to space in 2021 for the filming of his next movie. The actor carries out this project together with businessman Elon Musk and NASA.

A month ago the version had circulated that the protagonist of Mission Impossible he was considering filming some scenes for his new cinematic adventure off planet Earth. At first the rumor sounded far-fetched, but now it’s confirmed.

Space Shuttle Almanac, a site specializing in coverage of space missions, confirmed on Twitter that the Axiom Space Station, piloted by Commander Michael López-Alegría, will receive a tourist mission in October next year. Among those interstellar tourists will be both Cruise and the film’s director, Doug Liman..

The 58-year-old star and the director will arrive aboard the Crew Dragon capsule, which is part of Elon Musk’s SpaceX space project. Commander López-Alegría will be the pilot of the ship, which has space for four crew members. The fourth place is still vacant.

Next October will be the first time that a capsule takes four people into space. The feat will occur on the Crew-1 mission, which will take four astronauts to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule.

NASA confirmed its participation in the project via Twitter. Jim Bridenstine, administrator of the US agency in charge of space exploration, tweeted: “NASA is excited to be working with Tom Cruise on a movie aboard the space station!”

He added: “We need the media to inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists to make NASA’s ambitious plans a reality.”

The film, which still has no title, is followed by Universal Studios, whose executives fell in love with the project after a communication via Zoom with their brains: Cruise, Liman, Christopher McQuarrie and PJ van Sandwijk.

Liman is in the process of writing the script for the film, which will have a budget of around $ 200 million.. McQuarrie, who was the writer and director of the last two installments of Mission ImpossibleIn addition to fulfilling those roles in which he is filming, he will be a producer and content consultant. Cruise, Liman and van Sandwijk will also be producers.

At the time, Tom Cruise is still rolling Mission: Impossible 7, whose filming was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, the premiere of Top Gun: Maverick, which also had to be delayed due to the health emergency and now has a date for December 23.

The public-private partnership between NASA and SpaceX had a major launch in May, when the Crew Dragon spacecraft took off on a Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA. Astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken’s journey marked the first manned space flight to the International Space Station since NASA’s Space Shuttle last flew in 2011.

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