Tom Cruise has never backed down from a challenge, and the Mission: Impossible actor is set to add another feather to his crown of achievements in an upcoming film where he will be in actual space to shoot a few scenes. The 60-year-old actor will now become “the first civilian to do a spacewalk outside of the space station.”

The news was first divulged by Donna Langley, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group Chairwoman, to BBC during an interview. Cruise and certain members of the film’s crew will take a rocket to fly to the International Space Station (ISS) where they will shoot some scenes.

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The idea was first put forward to Langley by Cruise and Doug Liman, who is set to direct the yet-unnamed film. Langley has confirmed that the story “actually takes place on Earth, and then the character needs to go up to space to save the day.”

In the interview, Langley said, “Tom Cruise is taking us to space. He’s taking the world to space. That’s the plan”. She further added, “We have a great project in development with Tom, that does contemplate him doing just that. Taking a rocket up to the space station and shooting and hopefully being the first civilian to do a spacewalk outside of the space station.”

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Liman and Cruise have a history of making successful films together, having earlier worked on productions like Edge of Tomorrow and American Made. The film was first announced in 2020, and NASA later confirmed that it will indeed be working with Cruise on the project.

Former NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine had tweeted in 2020, “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.”