If you are not a wealthy space tourist or highly qualified astronaut, it turns out that as an actor you can also have a chance to honor the International Space Station with a visit. NASA wants to make a film with actor Tom Cruise from the ISS.
Jim Bridenstine, NASA’s top official and Republican politician, announced on Twitter that the US space agency is working with Tom Cruise to make a film aboard the ISS. “We need popular media to inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists to make NASA’s ambitious plans a reality,” he says.
Few details are known about the project, although the film website Deadline previously reported that Cruise will collaborate on the project with SpaceX, the space company of Elon Musk. He responded recently on Bridenstine’s confirmation saying it would be ‘a lot of fun’. However, Musk did not confirm that SpaceX is actually involved in the film project. If that is the case, then it is likely that Cruise will fly to the ISS with the not yet operational Crew Dragon capsule and a Falcon 9 rocket. That spacecraft will go up with astronauts for the first time at the end of this month. This gives Americans, and especially NASA, more options for visits to the ISS without being dependent on Russia.
Little is known about the film itself. According to Deadline, it is the first full-length film with a story to be shot in space. Based on that information, it won’t be a documentary and it wouldn’t be the next title in the Mission: Impossible series either. According to Deadline, the project is still in an early phase and no studio has been recruited yet.
NASA opened the space station to commercial activities last year. In theory, this means that companies can go to the ISS to record films or commercials there, although the possibilities are somewhat limited. Whether a full movie can be recorded is questionable. A commercial visit to the station costs just under 33,000 dollars a day to use the toilet and oxygen, and that does not include a travel allowance.