Tom Cruise prepares for the stunt of a lifetime, one that is about to defy gravity. Basically, the actor will be hanging from a space station as it orbits the Earth at an altitude of 408 kilometres.
Indeed, the Hollywood star may become the first civilian to take a space walk outside the International Space Station (ISS). Cruise is known for doing his own stunts, and this will surely take the actor’s reputation to new heights.
In a recent interview with the BBC, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group president Donna Langley suggested that Tom Cruise will be doing his work outside the space station as part of upcoming filming to take place aboard the ISS.
Universal has already signed
It looks like Universal has signed the contract for the project, although the film is still in development. The movie will be the first filmed on the ISS, and Cruise is expected to board a rocket and head to Earth orbit for his role. While the plot might be fairly mundane, the film could break a few records.
The ISS received its first astronaut crew earlier this year, and the four crew members spent 15 days living and working in the microgravity environment as part of Axiom Space’s Ax-1 mission. NASA is already planning for the second crew to embark on the space station in the second quarter of 2023, and the space agency has made proposals for two more missions in the same year.
It remains to be seen how well prepared Tom Cruise will prove to be, however, since, trained though he may be, he is no longer a young man. And astronauts who are accepted onto NASA missions undergo hundreds of hours of extreme training to cope with the hardships beyond the stratosphere.