Tom Cruise to shoot his next film in space
Tom Cruise might be taking his daredevilry to another level as the Hollywood star is reportedly joining hands with Elon Musk to shoot a film in space.
According to the Deadline, Cruise and Musk's aviation company SpaceX are in talks with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for filming the narrative movie aboard a real SpaceX vessel.
The project has been described as an "action-adventure film". However, there is no Hollywood studio attached with it at present.
The 57-year-old superstar has built a reputation for taking extreme risks to pull off breathtaking stunts for his movies, notedly the "Mission: Impossible" franchise.
Cruise scaled the Burj Khalifa in Dubai for a sequence in 2011's "Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol", while for it's 2015 follow-up, "Rogue Nation", the actor had hung off the side of an airplane mid-flight.
He was injured on the sets of 2018's "Fallout" that resulted in the production being stopped for several weeks. The actor had broken his ankle after colliding with another building during a rooftop jump.
Cruise currently awaits the release of "Top Gun: Maverick", the sequel to his 1986 hit "Top Gun". The film, which was scheduled to hit theatres worldwide in June, has been delayed till December due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The actor is also working on two back-to-back "Mission: Impossible" instalments.
Earlier in February, Elon Musk’s SpaceX was looking to raise about $250 million, taking the valuation of the American aerospace manufacturing and space exploration company to about $36 billion.
The company is looking to raise the amount for $220 per share, and the latest funding round is not expected to close until the second week of March, sources close to the company said.
Founded in 2002 to reduce space transportation costs to enable the colonisation of Mars, CEO and Chief Engineer Elon Musk last year said,
"To become a space-based civilisation is to make space travel like air travel. When you fly a plane, you fly it many times as it is reusable; the same thing is required for space travel."
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