Tom Cruise Is Going to Space and He's Taking NASA With Him

Mission: Impossible star Tom Cruise is planning to pioneer one of film's final frontiers by shooting a movie in outer space.

According to Deadline, Cruise is collaborating with Elon Musk's Space X and NASA to film in space. The film is still in the early stages, as no studio has signed on, and it will not be a Mission: Impossible film, but if the film is made on the International Space Station, it will be the first movie shot in space.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted that the government agency was working with Cruise and hoped that a movie would inspire future generations to want to work for NASA. "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," he wrote.

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.

— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) May 5, 2020

Even though Musk has not officially confirmed his involvement, according to The Guardian, he did reply to Bridenstine's tweet, saying that the movie "should be a lot of fun!"

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Tom Cruise makes a surprise appearance to discuss "Top Gun: Maverick" during 2019 Comic-Con International at San Diego Convention Center on July 18, 2019 in San Diego, California. Getty/Kevin Winter

On Twitter, fans were excited about NASA joining Cruise for what would be one of the most ambitious movies in history. Some fans suggested coming up with zero-gravity martial arts, similar to The Matrix. YouTuber Tim Dodd (aka The Everyday Astronaut) also agreed with Bridenstine that having a movie filmed in space with Cruise would be inspiring for generations to come.

It's true!!!!!! This is going to be INSANE! Are you kidding me?!?! I honestly kind of can't believe it. This is incredible! How inspiring will this be, not only for those watching, but imagine the experience it'll be for a celebrity like Tom Cruise to share with the world too!

— Everyday Astronaut (@Erdayastronaut) May 5, 2020

Author Amy Shira Teitel offered a humorous possible title for the film, making it a space spinoff of Top Gun.

Please let it be called... TOPPEST GUN - PAO

— Amy Shira Teitel (@AmyShiraTeitel) May 5, 2020

Unfortunately, some people criticized NASA for getting involved with a major film production, calling the project "meaningless" and "embarrassing" for NASA. Some were more critical of Cruise. Science writer Sarah Olson tweeted that Cruise was the wrong choice to inspire new generations to want to study science and engineering, because there are already a number of white men working in STEM fields.

How embarrassing for NASA and yourself that you’re spending time on stuff as meaningless as this. A damn shame but understandable given this administration’s reverence for style over substance.

— Steve Raikow (@infocyte) May 5, 2020

If you wanted to inspire a new generation of scientists and engineers, maybe choosing a mediocre white male was not great considering STEM already has plenty of those.

— Sarah Olson Michel (@ReadMoreScience) May 5, 2020

Cruise is regarded as one of Hollywood's most boundary-pushing actors, as he does many of his own stunts—even at the age of 57. According to Screen Rant, Cruise learned to fly a helicopter for a stunt scene in 2018's Mission: Impossible - Fallout. He's also the first actor to do his own HALO (High Altitude Low Opening) jump, which he pulled off for the same film.

While details about the NASA collaboration are sparse, Cruise is set to reprise his role as Maverick in this year's Top Gun sequel, which is in post-production according to IMDb. Cruise will also return as Ethan Hunt in the upcoming Mission: Impossible 7 and 8.