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Tom Cruise Movie Reportedly Has an Actual Space Walk in its Sights

First, though, he has to actually get to the International Space Station.

The International Space Station, with Earth in the background
NASA/ESA/Thomas Pesquet

Climbing the world's tallest building didn't take him high enough, nor did jumping back into the cockpit of a fighter jet, apparently. At some point, Tom Cruise will be headed to space for a movie set aboard the International Space Station, and filming will reportedly involve a real-life space walk.

Cruise is known for performing many of his own outrageous stunts, but a space walk would top them all. If it happens, he would become the first civilian ever to venture outside of the International Space Station for a casual stroll some 250 miles above the Earth. 

Variety is reporting that the head of Universal Pictures, Donna Langley, told the BBC that "hopefully" Cruise will add that space walk to his list of accomplishments. "We have a great project in development with Tom, that does contemplate him doing just that," she said in an interview with the BBC.

In 2020, then-NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine confirmed that the space agency would be working with Cruise on a film aboard the space station.

There have been 253 space walks outside the ISS since 1998, according to NASA. All have been performed by professional, qualified astronauts like Samantha Cristoforetti, who holds the world record for the longest space flight by a European. Cruise has performed some impressive stunts and played adventurous roles, but it's safe to say he will be the most novice space voyager to walk outside the ISS to date.

Little is known about the movie so far, including a potential plot and projected filming or release dates. Universal didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.