Tom Cruise loses the race to be the first to film in space as Russia announces they’re sending a movie crew into orbit. Cruise is well-known for performing Earth-bound movie stunts, pulling off numerous death-defying feats in his Mission: Impossible films.
The fearless Cruise indeed upped the ante on his own stuntwork again during shooting for the upcoming Mission: Impossible 7. For his latest feat, Cruise drove a dirtbike off a cliff with help from a ramp and BASE jumped from the plunging vehicle, performing the same stunt six times in order to get it right. But such gravity-dictated stunts aren’t enough for Cruise as he has been planning the next logical step in his progression: filming a movie in space. In September 2020, it was indeed announced that Cruise and director Doug Liman had booked a flight on a SpaceX rocket headed for the ISS in October, 2021. Not to be outdone, Russia soon revealed that they had designs on beating Cruise to space and were recruiting an actress to participate in the ultimate moviemaking adventure.