Earlier this year, we heard the news that Tom Cruise and Elon Musk were working together to see if they might be able to create the first movie ever to actually be shot in space.
Now, it's been confirmed that Cruise's flight is booked so he and his director Doug Liman, with the help of astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria, can get their space legs.
Last Friday, the Space Shuttle Almanac account tweeted, "So its confirmed that @CommanderMLA is flying the @Axiom_Space @SpaceX #CrewDragon tourist mission with Director @DougLiman & Tom Cruise. One seat still to be filled. They are to launch in October 2021."
From the tweet, it seems there will be one more crew member (or possibly a co-star for Cruise?) to hop aboard the vessel.
Of all people to do this, we shouldn't be surprised Tom Cruise has volunteered to be the first actor to make a cinematic view of space as authentic as humanly possible.
He's already done most everything else to push himself to the limit in films (e.g. - learning how to fly a helicopter, hanging off the side of a skyskraper, or a wing of an airplane...you know, all the usual stuff...)
Cruise and director Doug Liman have also worked together multiple times, with Liman in the director's chair for both "Edge of Tomorrow" and "American Made."
The action star's highest grossing film to date is the recent "Mission: Impossible – Fallout," so he definitely has plenty of fuel left in the rocket.
He also has a sequel to the movie that established him as the original hot dog flyer set for release before the 4th of July next year, the long-anticipated "Top Gun: Maverick."
We're ready for it. We're also a little envious of the unnamed passenger who'll be fastening their seatbelt alongside the acclaimed actor on his journey next year into a larger universe.