Mission impossible? Tom Cruise teams up with Nasa to shoot film in space

Mission impossible? Tom Cruise teams up with Nasa to shoot film in space

Tom Cruise is set to team up with Nasa to shoot a movie in space.

The Hollywood star, 57, is known for his all-action approach and does his own stunts, including a high altitude freefall for 2018's Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

He could soon be going one further, leaving Earth altogether to board the International Space Station to film what would be the first narrative feature in space.

Nasa administrator Jim Bridenstine confirmed the news on Tuesday.

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Australian actress Nicole Kidman and her husband Tom Cruise of the U.S. arrive for the U.K. premiere of Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut in London's West End September 3. [The story of jealousy and sexual obsession by director Kubrick, who died shortly after completing the movie, will open in cinemas across the U.K. on September 10. ] ??»
Oscar nominee actor Tom Cruise with his wife actress Nicole Kidman, wearing a Dior dress, arrive for the 72nd Annual Academy Awards [The Oscars] at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, USA
Australian actress Nicole Kidman, wearing a Dior dress, with her husband Oscar nominee American actor, Tom Cruise arrive for the 72nd Annual Academy Awards (The Oscars) at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, USA.
Husband and wife, American actor Tom Cruise and Australian actress Nicole Kidman, before the UK premiere of their new film "Eyes Wide Shut" directed by the Late Stanley Kubrick, at the Warner Village Cinema, Leicester Square in London. * 05/02/01: The showbusiness couple aannounced they were separating, saying they were splitting because work was keeping them apart.
Hollywood couple Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, shown arriving March 26, 2000 for the 72nd annual Academy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, are separating after 10 years of marriage, according to a statement released February 5, 2001. Pat Kingsley, the couple's spokewoman, said the split is amicable and blamed "divergent careers which constantly kept them apart. BK/RCS
Actor Tom Cruise (L) and wife, Australian actress Nicole Kidman (R), are ending their 10-year marriage, according to a statement released February 5, 2001 by their spokeswoman Pat Kingsley. The couple, pictured July 26, 2000 at a photocall in Madrid during the filming of "The Others," starring Kidman and co-produced by Cruise, have two adopted children. BK/RCS
Australian actress Nicole Kidman gets close to her husband US actor Tom Cruise pose during a photocall in Madrid July 26, 2000. Kidman will star in the film "The Others", directed by Alejandro Amenabar and co-produced by Cruise, which is being filmed in Spain.
American actress Nicole Kidman (L) blows a kiss during a photocall with her husband actor Tom Cruise (R) at a Paris hotel September 2. Kidman and Cruise are in Paris to promote their film "Eyes Wide Shut" by the late director Stanley Kubrick. JES/WS
Actress Nicole Kidman (L) smiles as she is embraced by her husband Tom Cruise during a photo call in Venice Lido September 1. Kidman and Cruise are in Venice to present the Stanley Kubrick movie "Eyes Wide Shut" that opens the 56th edition of the Venice film festival, the oldest in the world. ??»
Actress Nicole Kidman and husband Tom Cruise, stars of the new film "Eyes Wide Shut," directed by the late Stanley Kubrick, arrive at the film's world premiere in Los Angeles July 13. [The film is a story of sexual obsession and opens in the United States July 16]. ??»
Nicole Kidman and husband Tom Cruise, stars of the new film " Eyes Wide Shut", which was directed by the late Stanley Kubrick, pose as they arrive for the film's world premiere July 13 in Los Angeles. The film, a story of sexual obsession opens in the United States July 16. ??»
Actress Nicole Kidman and her husband, actor Tom Cruise pose at the party to celebrate the opening of the play "The Blue Room", December 13. Kidman stars in the new Broadway play. BR/RC
Academy Award nominee for Best Actor Tom Cruise arrives with his wife, actress Nicole Kidman, at the 69th annual Academy Awards March 24. Cruise was nominated for his role in "Jerry Maguire." Kidman is wearing a Christian Dior dress.
Actor Tom Cruise and his wife actress Nicole Kidman arrive January 19 at the 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California.
Tom Cruise and wife Nicole Kidman arrive at the 68th Academy Awards telecast in Los Angeles, March 25. Kidman is wearing a gown desinged by Prada
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He tweeted: "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."

US outlet Deadline first reported the news. It said Cruise and Elon Musk's SpaceX were in the early stages of working with Nasa for an action-adventure film in space.

No plot details have been revealed, but Deadline said it would not be a Mission: Impossible film.

Cruise's next film is action sequel Top Gun: Maverick, in which will reprise one of the most famous roles of his career as Captain Pete "Maverick" Mitchell.

The film was delayed from its original June release date due to the coronavirus pandemic and will now launch in December.

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