Who will be first? Tom Cruise or the Russians?
Tom Cruise is officially in an international race to become the first movie star to shoot footage in space.
According to a statement by Russian space agency Roscosmos, Russia wants to become the first country in the world to make a movie in space.
Yellow, Black and White studio, one of the largest production studios in Russia, is behind the efforts, according to the news.
“The plot will include a flight to the International Space Station (ISS) scheduled for autumn 2021 on the Russian Soyuz MS crewed spacecraft,” reads the statement. “The protagonist to fly to the ISS, as well as his backup will be selected during an open contest.”
Most of the logistics surrounding the film are still being discussed, including the name of the movie, cast, the plot itself, and how exactly they will film a movie in space.
Roscosmos doesn’t beat around the bush when it comes to the purpose of the film.
“The movie is aimed to popularize Russia’s space activities, as well as glorify cosmonaut profession,” reads the statement.
Mission Impossible: Space
The news comes after Hollywood A-lister Tom Cruise reportedly partnered with SpaceX to film an action movie in space. “NASA is excited to work with Tom Cruise on a film aboard the Space Station,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted following the report in May.
“Should be a lot of fun!” SpaceX CEO Elon Musk retorted.