Tom Cruise to make a movie in space with NASA's help

Having scaled the Burj Khalifa and flown a helicopter within the course of the Mission: Impossible franchise, what else is there for Tom Cruise to achieve?

In the immortal words of Yazz, the only way is up. News has emerged that Cruise is partnering with NASA to make a movie set in outer space. Yes, you read that correctly.

Deadline broke the news about the project, which is set to be filmed aboard the International Space Station.

Nasa administrator Jim Bridenstine wrote on Twitter: "Nasa is excited to work with Tom Cruise on a film aboard the Space Station!"

Tom Cruise teams with NASA to make a movie in space

Cruise will also be working with Elon Musk's SpaceX, which will transport two US astronauts to the ISS for Nasa later this month.

Back in 2013, the Oscar-winning Gravity reigned supreme as the most immersive space movie ever made. Now, it seems, The Cruiser will one-up Alfonso Cuaron's achievement.

Deadline stresses that the untitled project isn't a new Mission: Impossible movie. The seventh instalment of the blockbuster franchise has temporarily suspended production owing to the Covid pandemic. It will be followed by an eighth episode not long after.

In the meantime, Cruise will reprise one of his most famous roles in sequel Top Gun: Maverick, tentatively due for release in December 2020.

What must the insurance premiums be when shooting a movie in Earth's orbit? While we speculate on that, tweet us your reactions to the Cruise news @Cineworld.

UPDATE: It's been confirmed by Deadline that director Doug Liman, who collaborated with Cruise on Edge of Tomorrow and American Made, will be helming the movie.