It's set, Tom Cruise will be jaunting up to space in October 2021 to the International Space Station (ISS). He won't be heading up alone, though, as film director Doug Liman will be joining him, and there's still a third spot free — could it be for another actor?
The news follows previous rumors from earlier this year that hinted at the famous actor's potential trip to the ISS for his next movie.
The entire timeline from 2021 until 2023 for the ISS' projects has been shared via Space Shuttle Almanac on Twitter. And it's clear to see when Cruise and others in the film industry will be launching into space.
The movie that Cruise and Liman will be filming has yet to be disclosed, but given their previous science fiction work together in 2014, filming Edge of Tomorrow, we may be in for another edge-of-your-seat experience.
Some experts in the industry are guessing that Cruise and Liman will be shuttling up to space aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule along with a female co-star, per Hackaday's report. The SpaceX capsule may be operated by the veteran astronaut, Michael López-Alegría.
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. pic.twitter.com/dn6SLvCOGz— Space Shuttle Almanac (@ShuttleAlmanac) September 19, 2020
As per the timeline, it's looking like Axiom Space will be managing the October 2021 launch. The company has previously explained that it will be looking after privately funded missions to the ISS, such as the Cruise and Liman one.
It has to be pointed out, however, that as there's just over a year until the liftoff date, a lot can still change in the meantime. Make sure to keep your ears and eyes peeled for any further information on the subject.
Other significant international launches that are shared on the timeline include the Starliner unmanned OFT 2 in January 2021, and the Artemis Phase I in December 2021, among a number of crewed launches over the upcoming months and years.
And it's not just film stars, directors, and astronauts who will be heading up into space soon, but potentially reality TV stars, too.