Tom Cruise planning to shoot movie in space – report

Tom Cruise has reportedly teamed up with SpaceX and NASA to work on the first-ever feature film to be shot in outer space.The 57-year-old actor is working in partnership with Elon Musk’s aerospace company, along with experts at the American space agenc…

Tom Cruise has reportedly teamed up with SpaceX and NASA to work on the first-ever feature film to be shot in outer space.

The 57-year-old actor is working in partnership with Elon Musk’s aerospace company, along with experts at the American space agency, for the groundbreaking project, according to editors at Deadline.

The movie is in the early stages of development so little details are known. However, Deadline has reported that it will be an action adventure movie, no studio is attached yet, and it won’t be connected to his long-running Mission: Impossible franchise.

Back in 2018, The Terminator director James Cameron revealed that he discussed making a movie in space with Cruise many years ago.

“I actually talked to (Cruise) about doing a space film in space, about 15 years ago,” he told Empire magazine. “I had a contract with the Russians in 2000 to go to the International Space Station and shoot a high-end 3D documentary there. And I thought, ‘S**t, man, we should just make a feature.’ I said, ‘Tom, you and I, we’ll get two seats on the Soyuz (spacecraft), but somebody’s gotta train us as engineers.’ Tom said, ‘No problem, I’ll train as an engineer.’ We had some ideas for the story, but it was still conceptual.”

Cruise is well-known for doing his own stunts, with him famously scaling the Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai in 2010 for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, and five years later, he hung from the side of a plane during takeoff in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.

However, while filming Mission: Impossible – Fallout in 2017, he broke his ankle while jumping from one rooftop to another in London during a scene with co-star Henry Cavill.

© Cover Media

Hayley Atwell joins Mission: Impossible 7

Hayley Atwell is joining Tom Cruise in the seventh instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise.Director Christopher McQuarrie, who has been in charge of the franchise since 2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, announced over the weekend that …

Hayley Atwell is joining Tom Cruise in the seventh instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise.

Director Christopher McQuarrie, who has been in charge of the franchise since 2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, announced over the weekend that the actress had joined the cast on his Instagram page by sharing a black-and-white snap showing Atwell’s headshot photograph resting on top of a folder for the Impossible Mission Force (IMF), the fictional agency in the series.

“@wellhayley Should you choose to accept…” he wrote in the caption, referencing the iconic line, “Your mission, should you choose to accept it.”

In the comments, Cruise, who has played Ethan Hunt in the films since 1996, wrote, “Welcome to the team, @wellhayley.”

The Captain America star shared the same photo on her Instagram page and hinted at her character’s storyline in the caption, in which she wrote: “@christophermcquarrie Mission: Accepted. Though I’m not the sort to follow orders…”

It is not known what character the 37-year-old will be portraying, or if she will appear in both the seventh and eighth instalments, which are being filmed back-to-back.

According to IMDb, Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson is set to reprise her role of Ilsa Faust in the seventh movie. It is not yet known if other regulars, such as Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, and Alec Baldwin will return.

McQuarrie will direct both films from his own screenplays and will produce along Cruise and J. J. Abrams, among others. The first instalment is set for release in July 2021, while the follow-up will arrive in August 2022.

Atwell, who is perhaps most famous for playing Captain America’s love interest Peggy Carter in the Marvel films, was recently seen in Avengers: Endgame and Blinded by the Light. She is currently filming TV show Criminal.

© Cover Media

Tom Cruise confirms two more Mission: Impossible instalments are in the works

Tom Cruise has confirmed that he will film the next two Mission: Impossible movies back-to-back, ahead of releases in 2021 and 2022. On Monday (14Jan18), it was reported that Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote and directed the fifth and sixth instalment…

Tom Cruise has confirmed that he will film the next two Mission: Impossible movies back-to-back, ahead of releases in 2021 and 2022.

On Monday (14Jan18), it was reported that Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote and directed the fifth and sixth instalments, 2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout, had signed on to continue as writer and director of the seventh and eighth chapters, which would be shot back-to-back and be released in the summers of 2021 and 2022.

Cruise, who has played IMF agent Ethan Hunt in the action franchise since 1996, confirmed the news on Twitter by sharing a video of the M:I logo with fuses burning at both sides. In the caption, he wrote, “Summer 2021 and Summer 2022.”

McQuarrie also confirmed his returning roles by tweeting, “Missions: Accepted #MissionImpossible” and sharing Cruise’s post.

The news comes six months after the release of Fallout, which made more than $790 million (£614 million) at the global box office, a franchise best, and was the best-reviewed instalment so far.

McQuarrie, who won an Oscar for writing 1995 movie The Usual Suspects, will now set to work on developing the script while Cruise finishes shooting Top Gun: Maverick, in which he reprises his role of Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell more than 30 years after his original outing in 1986’s Top Gun. The sequel is set for release in June 2020.

Bosses at Paramount Pictures used to switch up directors of the Mission franchise with each instalment, but seemed to have settled on McQuarrie since 2015. He has also worked closely with Cruise at other points in his career – writing and directing his 2012 movie Jack Reacher and serving as scribe for his movie The Mummy, Valkyrie and Edge of Tomorrow.

According to Variety, Mission: Impossible is likely to begin filming later in 2019. It is not yet known if franchise regulars Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and Rebecca Ferguson will return.

© Cover Media

Simon Pegg wasn’t taking on new work when Steven Spielberg called

Simon Pegg was stunned when Steven Spielberg offered him a role in Ready Player One after jokingly telling his agent to hold all calls unless the filmmaker reached out. The Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation actor had decided to take a six-month break…

Simon Pegg was stunned when Steven Spielberg offered him a role in Ready Player One after jokingly telling his agent to hold all calls unless the filmmaker reached out.

The Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation actor had decided to take a six-month break to recover from the exhausting process of writing and starring in 2016’s Star Trek: Beyond, and had no intention of taking on any new projects during that time.

However, he cut short his vacation when the celebrated Jurassic Park director contacted him out of the blue.

“I finished Star Trek: Beyond, and that had been a huge experience because we wrote it and it was very intense, and it was wonderful, but afterwards I felt so tired, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life,” he explained on breakfast show Today. “I thought, I’ve kinda done everything I want to do with my life, I just want to take six months off.

“I called my agent and said (in jest), ‘Don’t call me for six months unless Steven Spielberg calls’ – and he did!”

The British star didn’t have to think twice about the gig, quipping, “He said, ‘Hey, come out of retirement, you fool!’. No, he just said, ‘We’re doing Ready Player One, and we’d like you to do this role,’ and of course I said yes, because it’s Steven Spielberg.”

The sci-fi film is based on Ernest Cline’s 2011 novel of the same name, and is set in a near-future dystopian Earth where people spend most of their time in a virtual space called the OASIS. When the co-creator of OASIS dies, it’s revealed he’s left his vast fortune hidden in the virtual world for one lucky person to find.

Pegg, who portrays the surviving inventor, claims Ready Player One is a true filmmaking masterpiece, and there was so much to take in, he had to watch the movie twice.

“Half of the film is virtual, so it’s performance capture, half of it’s live action… and it’s extraordinary,” Simon gushed. “Visually, I had to see it twice.”

“I do find it hard to watch myself, but this film was so overwhelming,” he shared. “I watched it in London at the premiere and I watched it in L.A. (at that premiere), just so I could take it (all) in.”

© Cover Media