Tom Cruise to shoot his next film... in space

The action adventure would be the very first narrative feature movie to be shot outside our planet's atmosphere

Tom Cruise played a drone repairman who turned into an action hero in the 2013 sci-fi movie “Oblivion.”

Tom Cruise will film his next Hollywood blockbuster on location - 250 miles up in the air and orbiting the Earth once every 90 minutes. Yes, you are reading it right - the "Top Gun" star is flying through the stratosphere to shoot an as-yet-unknown film aboard the International Space Station (ISS), NASA confirmed on Tuesday.

"We need popular media to inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists to make NASA’s ambitious plans a reality," NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said on Twitter. 

Entertainment website Deadline Hollywood first reported rumours of the film shoot on the weekend, adding that tech mogul Elon Musk's SpaceX venture was also attached to the project. Musk and SpaceX, however, have yet to confirm their involvement in the film venture, although Musk responded to Bridenstine's tweet to say the project "should be a lot of fun."

Deadline Hollywood said there were only few other details known about the movie project but reported it was not part of Cruise's box office hit franchise "Mission: Impossible." The seventh film in that series is set to hit screens next year after production was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Still, it's noteworthy to say that if this latest daring project goes ahead, Cruise will be the first Hollywood A-lister to appear onscreen from outside the planet's atmosphere.

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