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Tom Cruise planning first-ever civilian space walk

Tom Cruise as Capt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in "Top Gun: Maverick." (Scott Garfield/Paramount Pictures/TNS)
October 12, 2022

Someday you may watch space history being made from a cushy movie theater seat with a bucket of popcorn in your lap. Movie cameras may soon capture Tom Cruise making the first civilian spacewalk at the International Space Station.

Cruise is developing a space action movie with Universal Pictures, which studio chairwoman Donna Langley said will “hopefully” result in Cruise being “the first civilian to do a spacewalk.”

Langley gave the rumored movie some lip service during a recent interview with the BBC, confirming that the epic practical stunt is still in the cards.

“Tom Cruise is taking us to space,” she told the BBC, adding that the studio is considering “taking a rocket up to the space station and shooting.”

Langley told the BBC the movie’s plot mostly takes place on Earth, but naturally, Cruise finds a reason “to go up to space to save the day.”

BBC reported that the movie is “clearly still an aspiration at this stage.”

The director attached to the project is Doug Liman, who previously directed Cruise in the sci-fi action adventure “Edge of Tomorrow” and the based-on-a-true-story thriller “American Made.”

Word of the space movie surfaced in 2020, and reporting indicates NASA and Elon Musk’s private spaceflight company SpaceX are partners.

Musk tweeted in 2020 that the project “should be a lot of fun,” and NASA’s administrator said the agency was “excited” to work with Cruise.

Cruise has made a name for himself producing his own movies and performing all of their death-defying stunts himself. 

That’s particularly true of the “Mission: Impossible” series, which has seen him cling to the side of a plane taking off and scale the world’s tallest building, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.

The actor is riding high this year following the blockbuster sequel “Top Gun: Maverick,” the highest-grossing film of his career.