NASA confirmed the news on Tuesday. “NASA is excited to work with @TomCruise on a film aboard the @Space_Station,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine wrote on Twitter. “We need popular media to inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists to make @NASA’s ambitious plans a reality.”
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. pic.twitter.com/CaPwfXtfUv
— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) May 5, 2020
Earlier in the week, reports circulated that Cruise was in talks with Elon Musk’s SpaceX and NASA about a potential action-adventure film. A studio is not yet publicly tied to the project and the film’s plot has not yet been disclosed, but it is reportedly not related to the Mission Impossible franchise.
Cruise’s upcoming Top Gun: Maverick movie, the sequel to the 1986 blockbuster fighter pilot classic in which Cruise reprises his starring role as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, was initially slated for release on June 24th. The film, which made Rolling Stone‘s “50 Most-Anticipated Movies of 2020” list, has been pushed back to premiere on December 23rd due to the coronavirus pandemic.