Tom Cruise has become just as famous for his death-defying stunts as his acting ability over the last decade.
In Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, he scaled the Burj Khalifa, in Rogue Nation he held on to the side of a place while it took off, while back in the day in Mission: Impossible 2 he climbed the rockface of Dead Horse Point in Utah.
Even before the release of Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One, several stunt vignettes went viral including a motorcycle stunt off a cliff as well as a thrilling car chase through the streets of Rome.
Now, he has his sights on something even bigger - outer space.
When asked at the New York premiere of Dead Reckoning Part One about his space action movie plans, he said:
“We’re working on that, I’m working on that, definitely. It’s amazing, I’ve always wanted to do that. I’ve been doing research for years on it. You know what, I don’t know yet. We’ve been working on it diligently, and we’ll just see where we go.”
The movie will be directed by Doug Liman and will be written and produced by Christopher McQuarrie who worked with Cruise on the last four Mission: Impossible movies.
What will Tom Cruise do in outer space?
According to Universal executive Donna Langley, Cruise will attempt to become the first civilian in history to perform a real spacewalk.
“Tom Cruise is taking us to space. He’s taking the world to space. That’s the plan,” she told BBC News.
“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.”
According to reports, the movie will “mostly take place on Earth, then the character needs to go up to space to save the day”, with Cruise playing a “down-on-his-luck guy who finds himself in the position of being the only person who could save Earth.”