5 Great Sci-Fi Movies Starring Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise may be best known for his performances in Mission: Impossible and Top Gun, but he has also played complex characters in sci-fi films.
Tom Cruise is considered one of the greatest movie stars of all time, thanks to his tremendous work as Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible franchise, as well as his iconic roles in Top Gun and Risky Business . However, Cruise has also found success in big-budget sci-fi films, including a couple of them directed by Steven Spielberg.
While characters like Hunt and Maverick are portrayed as invincible men who can't be defeated, the protagonists that Cruise embodies in his sci-fi epics are vulnerable individuals who get caught up in complicated situations, such as going to war against alien forces, getting involved with murder cases, or trying to regain important memories. Cruise also has strong interactions with female characters in terms of working with them to understand the main conflict, which sometimes includes messing around with the conventions of time and space.
Updated May 26, 2022 by Mark Sammut: Tom Cruise is back in the headlines with the release of Top Gun: Maverick, and the sequel has garnered an incredible reception so far. Over the course of his storied career, the actor has tested his skills by diving into a wide range of genres and styles, including science-fiction. This article has been expanded to include more information about Tom Cruise's best sci-fi movies , including where they can be streamed. A section regarding the movie star's upcoming projects has also been added.
This sci-fi picture reunited Cruise with Jerry Maguire director Cameron Crowe, which also combines psychological thriller with romance. Cruise plays David Aames, a publicist with plenty of privilege who appears to have everything: a successful job, a beautiful partner, a nice home, a fast car, etc. However, when a car accident nearly kills David, he (and the audience) tries to solve a complex puzzle that questions what is real and what is fantasy (similar to Christopher Nolan's complex film Memento ).
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Along with having a heavily disfigured face and needing to wear a mask to help him heal, David also finds himself in a love triangle with two seductive women: his partner Julie (portrayed by a wild Cameron Diaz) and Sofia (played by Penélope Cruz). David also has reflective conversations with a psychologist (played by Kurt Russell), who tries to help David figure out if he murdered anyone after being charged with a murder he doesn't remember nor believe he committed. Like Memento or Inception , this feature is a test for its protagonist to question his sense of reality and to figure out what makes his life happy and enjoyable.
This action-packed sci-fi film features an apocalyptic future in which Cruise portrays Jack Harper, one of the last remaining humans on Earth in 2077 after alien scavengers destroy the Moon and leave the planet in turmoil. Harper uses combat drones to encounter all the scavengers left on Earth, but when he learns that the scavengers are actually humans trying to defeat the alien artificial intelligence threat called Tet (which controls the drones), Harper also discovers that there are clones of him (and several other humans) who are loyal to Tet and become a major threat to humanity.
There are eye-opening images of a broken-down New York (including the New York Public Library in ruins, and the Empire State Building and city bridges left uninhabited and in darkness). As Harper, Cruise's character is reminiscent of Arnold Schwarzenegger's role in Total Recall due to the fact that Harper has dreams based on his past, which involve memories of previous missions he's had as a commander for NASA. Harper's dreams help him remember his true identity and the love he shares with his wife Julia (also a soldier). Along with Cruise's complex role, Morgan Freeman also stars as a rebel leader, and there are high-octane action sequences that include shootouts and chases involving big space aircraft.
War Of The Worlds
Steven Spielberg's adaptation of H.G. Wells' novel is intense and hard-hitting as Cruise plays Ray Ferrier, a dockworker who is divorced and spends time with his children during a weekend gathering at his home. Ray is considered a flawed husband and father, but he is put to the test when blue spaceships with sting rays invade Earth to take out humanity. Ray does everything he can to protect his teenage son Robbie and young daughter Rachel from harm.
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While the effects involving the alien creatures are massive and loud, what makes this sci-fi feature effective is the drama surrounding Ray and his family. Ray proves to his kids that he is capable of providing safety for them, even if that involves bumps along the road (running out of food and water, trying to find shelter to keep warm, etc.). The paranoia surrounding the human characters also provides plenty of drama, especially in a scene where Ray has to fight numerous civilians who intend to steal his minivan or another moment in which a paranoid man (well played by Tim Robbins) believes everyone is going to die. The best action scene occurs when Ray is grabbed by one of the alien tripods but manages to slip a pack of grenades inside, destroying it before the pod can take him away.
Edge Of Tomorrow
The Bourne Identity director Doug Liman crafts a unique spin on time travel in this ingenious sci-fi picture involving William Cage, a U.S. Army Major who is skilled in providing public affairs to an army called the United Defense Force (UDF) in their fight against powerful aliens called "Mimics." However, when Cage is ordered to fight aliens with a squad in France, he fears for his life and ends up dying and repeating the same day over and over again ( a nod to Groundhog Day ).
This is one of Cruise's most vulnerable roles because his character isn't a professional when it comes to combat and fighting in a war. However, by reliving the same day repeatedly, Cage manages to get better at facing the aliens and anticipating their every move. His partnership with Sergeant Rita Vrataski (a tough Emily Blunt) is also engaging because as she helps him become a skillful warrior, Cage provides Rita with information about how to destroy the Mimics. While the film is most intense, there are comedic scenarios in which Rita kills Cage many times whenever he fails and messes up during training, or when Cage constantly meets the same members of a squad and memorizes their actions and personal histories.
Before War of the Worlds , Spielberg and Cruise collaborated for this sci-fi action thriller based on Philip K. Dick's short story of the same name. The story revolves around Chief John Anderton (Cruise), a cop who works for a police program that solves murders and crimes before they occur. When Anderton finds out that he is wrongly accused of murder, he becomes a wanted fugitive.
This is Cruise's best performance in a sci-fi feature because he manages to portray an intelligent but conflicted detective who intends to clear his name, as well as a husband who misses his wife. The scenes in which Anderton and his unit use advanced technology in his "Precrime" police program to track down would-be killers is fascinating because it's all so far ahead of its time, along with flying police cars and vehicles used in elaborate chase sequences when Anderton is a suspect being hunted down by fellow cops. The film effectively combines elements of the noir and chase film in a whodunit thriller with cool tech, along with strong supporting work from Colin Farrell and Max von Sydow (who aren't what they seem).
These sci-fi features are not only filled with action and/or psychological tension, but they also display Tom Cruise's versatility as an actor, portraying characters who go through tremendous obstacles. Audiences will have to wait and see what type of film Cruise will do in space with Elon Musk .
Upcoming Sci-Fi Movies Starring Tom Cruise
Throughout his career, Cruise has periodically dappled in science fiction, but he is not exactly synonymous with the genre. However, that might be set to change as the actor is reportedly working on two sci-fi projects, one of which is particularly ambitious.
In 2020, a rumor hit the rounds stating that Tom Cruise will be teaming up with Elon Musk's SpaceX to film a movie in space, specifically the International Space Station. Information regarding this project was scarce for quite a long time, but recent reports state that production is likely to start once the actor completes his work on the upcoming Mission: Impossible sequels.
Doug Liman is attached as the movie's director, and he also shares writing credits with Christopher McQuarrie. Universal Pictures will be handling the production. Nothing about the story has been revealed, so it remains to be seen whether this feature opts for a more grounded or extravagant tone.
Live Die Repeat And Repeat
A sequel to Edge of Tomorrow is in the pipeline, with reports even suggesting that the script is complete. Unfortunately, as exciting of a prospect as this is, the likelihood of it coming to fruition is not that great. Despite most key members showing interest in producing this follow-up, Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, and Doug Liman have struggled to align their schedules to make it happen. Live Die Repeat and Repeat is also likely to be an expensive undertaking, and while the 2014 release did not bomb at the box office, it was also not a runaway hit.
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List of Tom Cruise films set in Space or with Aliens
Tom Cruise is one of the biggest actors on the planet with over 40 acting credits to his name including the Mission Impossible series and Top Gun to name a couple. His first major break was in the film "Top Gun" about a rookie pilot who goes to pilot training school and becoming romantically involved with a trainer. The role is set to be reprised in a sequel "Top Gun : Maverick" 35 years later. He had previously starred as the main character in "Legend", a fantasy film which saw him crossing paths with Lucifer / Satan / The Devil etc... It was Top Gun that was to introduce him to the world. Legend failed to make a profit but it did help Tom's career as the film was directed by Ridley Scott whose brother Tony, made Top Gun. All the films on the list has Tom Cruise fighting alien s on Earth rather than venturing into space. *Edited* Deadline revealed in May that Tom Cruise is working with Elon Musk in making a first film in actual space.
War of the Worlds (2005)
This film was directed by Steven Spielberg and is based on the original novel by H.G. Wells , the British science fiction writer. Wells had aimed to write the story as a contemporary piece so that it wouldn't be aimed at any particular time period. A lot of War of the World devotees see the piece as being about the Victorian age which the author hadn't aimed it at. Whilst the original story didn't give the main character a name, this film gave the lead character a name, Ray Ferrier. Ray was a divorced father of two who was looking after his children when the aliens attacked. Ray wasn't a hero who'd take on the Aliens and defeat them, he was like the original story character, someone trying to survive. There a few notable differences, the aliens were already here, they didn't travel from Mars which the original story had them come from. The aliens had been here for a long time, underground and had been woken up to take control of the planet. The alien crafts were much like in the book, they moved around on Tripods, using a death ray rather than a heat ray to kill everyone. Weapons of today were just an ineffectual against the aliens as they had been in the original story. The aliens feasted on humans which was done off screen but heavily implied like the book. Defeat for the aliens came with the help of small microbial life that the aliens had no resistance to. This was the same way in which humans defeat the aliens as in the book. The famous introduction of War of the Worlds was read by legendary actor Morgan Freeman updated though for today.
Oblivion is set in a future New York after an unknown alien race had ravaged the planet. Tom is an engineer looking after a section of New York, longing to move off the planet to join rest of humanity who have moved to the Saturn moon of Titan . His view on the situation changes after he meets Malcolm Beech and a group of survivors from the alien attack. You do not get to see any aliens, only their technological enforcers.
Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
Edge of Tomorrow sees Tom as a soldier called William Cage who is fighting on the front line against alien invaders in the United Kingdom. During a battle, Cage gets splashed with alien blood and dies. The alien blood has caused him to relive the day. Every time he is killed, he relives it from the moment he awoke that day. It has been referred to as "Groundhog Day with Aliens". In Groundhog Day, the protagonist played by Bill Murray is forced to relive the entire day until he does the right thing. What the right thing is, he has to work it out without any prompts. With the help of Rita (Emily Blunt), he sets out to defeat the aliens, knowing that if he messes up, he simply has to kill himself and repeat up until the point of his demise and do the other option. If Rita dies, Cage resets and starts again. Every time he is killed, he has learnt something new, somthing that will help take the fight to the enemy and win. It is an adaptation of All You Need Is Kill , a graphic novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, a Japanese artist. The film is due to have a sequel called "Live, Die, Repeat and Repeat".
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Remember Tom Cruise's Space Movie? We Finally Have Some New Details
It’s about time we got an update!
Tom Cruise will be keeping movie fans entertained in the coming years with Top Gun: Maverick , Mission: Impossible 7 and Mission: Impossible 8 , but let’s not forget that he’ll also be leaving Earth at some point to provide us with cinematic entertainment. Back in 2020, it was reported that Cruise was teaming with Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Doug Liman and Christopher McQuarrie for a movie that will be shot in outer space . It’s been a while since we’ve received any updates on the project, but now we finally have some new details to take in.
Starting off, Universal Pictures is reportedly intending to begin production on this untitled space movie sometime next year, and the studio is waiting for director Doug Liman to deliver the script he’s co-writing with Christopher McQuarrie . The studio is specifically expecting the space movie to be what Cruise tackles next after he and McQuarrie finish shooting Mission: Impossible 8 , which began production not long after Mission: Impossible 7 wrapped up filming in September .
Variety also mentioned in its report that this Universal Pictures feature will only be “partially shot” on the International Space Station, with most of the footage being shot on Earth and some also being obtained on a rocket. Furthermore, rather than being a sci-fi movie, this project is described as an “action-adventure story” that sees Tom Cruise playing a “down-on-his-luck guy who finds himself in the position of being the only person who could save Earth.”
So now we have a bit of a clearer picture on what to expect from Tom Cruise’s space movie, both with production plans and finally having a basic premise. Unfortunately, Cruise and the gang lost the big screen space race last year , as footage was shot on the International Space Station for a Russian film called The Challenge last October. However, with Cruise’s space outing being a Hollywood production, you can be sure that it’ll rank among the more widely-viewed new movie releases .
Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie go way back to when the latter started leading the charge in the Mission: Impossible film series starting with Rogue Nation , and the actor previously worked with Doug Liman on Edge of Tomorrow . While it would have been understandable if either of these men had to exit this space-set project due to scheduling conflicts or other reasons, as of now, they’re still guiding it along. Funny enough, when Cruise, McQuarrie and Liman pitched the space movie to Universal, they didn’t even have a draft of the script , but the studio was impressed enough to pour $200 million into the project .
Hopefully we won’t have to wait a long time again to learn more about Tom Cruise’s space movie, but whenever major updates do arrive, CinemaBlend will pass the along. In the meantime, Cruise can next be seen in Top Gun : Maverick starting May 27, while Mission: Impossible 7 and Mission: Impossible 8 were recently pushed back to July 14, 2023 and June 28, 2024, respectively.
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Tom Cruise's Space Movie Will Include Him Doing an Actual Spacewalk
The actor and film crew will take a rocket to the international space station..
Mission Impossible and Top Gun: Maverick star Tom Cruise is set to star in a movie shot in space thanks to a partnership with NASA, and Universal wants to make him the “the first civilian to do a spacewalk outside of the space station.”
In an interview with BBC , Universal Filmed Entertainment Group Chairwoman Donna Langley spoke about the project, which will have Cruise and the rest of the film crew take a rocket to the International Space Station to shoot parts of the movie in space.
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Cruise and director Doug Liman pitched the film to Langley over Zoom during the COVID-19 pandemic, and she says the movie's overarching plot "actually takes place on Earth, and then the character needs to go up to space to save the day.” Some scenes will include Cruise’s character walking outside of the space station itself, which will give the movie something other movies set in outer space have only been able to emulate.
“Tom Cruise is taking us to space. He’s taking the world to space. That’s the plan,” Langley told BBC. “We have a great project in development with Tom, that does contemplate him doing just that. Taking a rocket up to the space station and shooting and hopefully being the first civilian to do a spacewalk outside of the space station.”
The as-of-yet-unnamed film was announced back in 2020 , with Cruise and Limen’s collaboration being a major tentpole of the announcement. Cruise and Limen previously worked together as actor and director on Edge of Tomorrow and American Made.
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From his teen idol days in the early ’80s to his status as a marquee-lighting leading man today, Tom Cruise has consistently done it all for decades — he’s completed impossible missions, learned about Wapner time in Rain Man , driven the highway to the danger zone in Top Gun , and done wonders for Bob Seger’s royalty statements in Risky Business , to offer just a few examples. Mr. Cruise is one of the few honest-to-goodness film stars left in the Hollywood firmament, so whether you’re a hardcore fan or just interested in a refresher course on his filmography, we’re here to take a fond look back at a truly impressive career and rank all Tom Cruise movies.
Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) 97%
Top Gun: Maverick (2022) 96%
Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One (2023) 96%
Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) 94%
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011) 93%
Risky Business (1983) 92%
Edge of Tomorrow (2014) 91%
Minority Report (2002) 89%
Rain Man (1988) 88%
The Color of Money (1986) 88%
Collateral (2004) 86%
Born on the Fourth of July (1989) 84%
American Made (2017) 85%
A Few Good Men (1992) 84%
Jerry Maguire (1996) 84%
Magnolia (1999) 82%
Tropic Thunder (2008) 82%
Eyes Wide Shut (1999) 76%
The Firm (1993) 76%
War of the Worlds (2005) 76%
Mission: Impossible III (2006) 71%
The Outsiders (1983) 70%
Taps (1981) 68%
Mission: Impossible (1996) 66%
The Last Samurai (2003) 66%
Interview With the Vampire (1994) 63%
Jack Reacher (2012) 63%
All the Right Moves (1983) 61%
Valkyrie (2008) 62%
Top Gun (1986) 57%
Mission: Impossible II (2000) 56%
Oblivion (2013) 54%
Knight and Day (2010) 52%
Far and Away (1992) 50%
Rock of Ages (2012) 42%
Vanilla Sky (2001) 43%
Legend (1985) 42%
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) 38%
Days of Thunder (1990) 38%
Lions for Lambs (2007) 27%
Losin' It (1982) 18%
The Mummy (2017) 15%
Cocktail (1988) 9%
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UK company behind Tom Cruise space film unveils plans to launch space movie studio
Introducing see-1, reportedly coming in 2024.
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On Thursday, a UK-based company that claims to be producing Tom Cruise’s upcoming film in space said it plans to attach the first-ever space movie studio and sports arena to the International Space Station as early as 2024.
Called Space Entertainment Enterprise, or S.E.E., the company also announced it is working with commercial space station builder Axiom Space, which has its own partnership with NASA to build and attach an experimental space station to the ISS. That station is called Axiom Station, and Axiom hopes to launch its first module, called Axiom Hub 1, to the ISS by 2024. The company will then build out the space station before eventually separating it from the ISS in 2028 and making it a free-flying vehicle.
S.E.E. plans to attach its own module to the new growing space station in December of 2024
But while Axiom Station is attached to the ISS, S.E.E. plans to attach its own module to the growing space station in December of 2024. Dubbed SEE-1, the module will be available to individuals who want to film or live stream content in space, “including ﬁlms, television, music, and sports events,” according to a press release announcing the news. Animated videos and images of SEE-1 on the company’s website show the module as a giant white sphere, though there were no available designs of what the interior will look like.
Though the module will belong to S.E.E., it is being built by Axiom Space. According to the S.E.E. press release, it will be an inflatable module that will stretch up to 6 meters, or nearly 20 feet, in diameter. S.E.E. says that it will allow third parties to also use the studio for their own projects. No costs or estimated budgets were provided for the project, nor did S.E.E. detail how much it would charge others to use the studio.
“Adding a dedicated entertainment venue to Axiom Station’s commercial capabilities in the form of SEE-1 will expand the station’s utility as a platform for a global user base and highlight the range of opportunities the new space economy offers,” Michael Suffredini, Axiom’s CEO, said in a statement.
S.E.E. also revealed itself to be the production company behind Tom Cruise’s mystery space movie
With today’s announcement, S.E.E. also revealed itself to be the production company behind Tom Cruise’s mystery space movie. In 2020, NASA announced that it was working with the famous actor to potentially send him to the International Space Station to film a project. The actor’s ride to space is reportedly SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule, which is used to ferry NASA astronauts to and from the ISS.
Later, NASA confirmed in a podcast that Axiom was going to be involved in getting Tom Cruise to orbit . While Axiom builds space stations, it has also contracted with NASA and SpaceX to buy rides on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon to send private individuals to the ISS. Axiom’s first private astronaut mission on a Crew Dragon, called Axiom-1, is scheduled to take flight in March . However, there’s no set date or confirmation for Tom Cruise’s flight. As for what Cruise plans to film up in the cosmos, all that’s been reported so far is that director Doug Liman is involved and that the film will not be a Mission: Impossible movie.
S.E.E. was co-founded by producers Elena and Dmitry Lesnevsky. Their company boasts an impressive list of consultants of former Viacom and HBO executives. The company says it’s currently looking for investors on the Tom Cruise space project, which Deadline reported in 2020 would have a budget of at least $200 million.
However, it’s possible the budget could be even higher, given how much going to space costs. Just one seat on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon is thought to run around $55 million , plus NASA charges additional fees for private astronauts using the space station’s facilities while in orbit. S.E.E. says it plans to conduct a fundraising round soon.
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Tom Cruise is still preparing to boldly go where no actor has gone before.
He and his “Edge of Tomorrow” director Doug Liman are set to film a movie in space and make Cruise the first civilian to perform a spacewalk. Universal is backing the film, which has a budget of around $200 million.
When asked about his space-set movie at the “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” premiere in New York on Monday, Cruise said he didn’t have a production start date set, but, “We’ve been working on it diligently and we’ll see where we go.”
“We finish this tour, and on our way back to the U.K. we stop to scout along the way. We hit the ground running as soon as we get back,” McQuarrie told Variety . “I get two days of vacation between here and Tokyo and I’m back on.”
The latest “Mission: Impossible” film, which opens in theaters Wednesday, pits Cruise’s IMF agent Ethan Hunt against a mysterious villain from his past, and reunites him with allies Benji Dunn ( Simon Pegg ), Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) and Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson).
But the greatest draw of any “Mission: Impossible” movie is, of course, the stunts, and “Dead Reckoning Part One” doesn’t disappoint. In the film, Cruise drives a motorcycle off a massive cliff and parachutes safely down to the ground. When asked about that morning on set, Cruise said it was just a “usual day.”
“I keep things pretty calm, nothing unusual. The usual day for me,” he told Variety . “We wake up, and I remember that morning McQuarrie and I came to set, and normally we’re talking about story and the characters, just keep it real casual — as casual as possible. We know what’s happening. I remember getting there in the morning and the ramp was ice. You can see in the EPK as I’m jumping out of the helicopter to test the wind down there, they’re cleaning the ramp of ice. You just go through it nice and easy, no changes.”
“I’m very driven, I am ambitious, I care deeply about my job, but I don’t have cinema itself on my shoulders,” Pegg told Variety . “I feel like Tom, particularly during the making of this movie, felt like that. I felt like he was facing an existential crisis in the form of the pandemic, and he just wouldn’t be cared by it. I don’t know if I have it in me to do what he does, I literally don’t. There’s a reason why he’s the only one who does this stuff. There isn’t an actor working who does what he does.”
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Tom Cruise's space movie: Release date, cast, plot for Cruise's Space Station movie
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Seemingly not content with chucking himself off scarily high places, stunt-loving star Tom Cruise looks set to become the first Hollywood actor to shoot a major motion picture in space.
News of Cruise’s as-yet-untitled space movie initially arrived online in 2020 and since then, the actor has delivered a double-punch of huge hits including 2021’s Top Gun: Maverick and the first instalment of Missing: Impossible’s latest two-parter Dead Reckoning.
Both were massive hits with fans and critics alike — and if you believe filmmaking icon Steven Spielberg — the latter even saved cinema during its darkest hour.
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In fact, with his addiction to death-defying stunts showing no signs of slowing, it sometimes feels like there’s nothing Cruise can’t do. With that in mind, what better actor is there to go where no actor has ever gone before and embark on the first American feature film ever made in the inky void above our heads?
Here’s everything we know about Cruise’s space flick so far.
Tom Cruise space movie release date
Despite being announced back in 2020 and with those close to the project delivering a steady stream of updates, Cruise’s high-flying space movie doesn’t have a solid release date yet.
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With the film yet to enter production, it’s unlikely that one will be unveiled anytime soon. Plus, Cruise has a second Mission to un-Impossible before he starts work on anything new, with Dead Reckoning Part Two coming to cinemas in 2024.
With this in mind, it could be 2025 or 2026 before Cruise’s space epic lands in our orbit.
What is the plot of Tom Cruise’s space movie?
When the project was first announced, Variety billed it as a film that would “make history” as the “first narrative feature shot in space.” However, as more time has passed, a few more details have come to light that clue us in on what this groundbreaking space adventure might look like.
The project will be produced by Universal Pictures and helmed by Doug Liman , a filmmaker that Cruise has collaborated with before on 2014’s Edge of Tomorrow and 2017’s American Made. The film reportedly has a budget of around $200 million (£153million) and has recruited the assistance of Elon Musk ’s SpaceX and NASA who will allow the production to shoot on the International Space Station.
Additional details were unveiled by the head of Universal Pictures, Donna Langley, who told the BBC “Tom Cruise is taking us to space. He’s taking the world to space. That’s the plan.
“We have a great project in development with Tom, that does contemplate him doing just that. Taking a rocket up to the space station and shooting and hopefully being the first civilian to do a spacewalk outside of the space station.”
Langley also spilt some beans regarding the film’s plot, revealing that the movie “actually [mostly] takes place on Earth, and then the character needs to go up to space to save the day.” According to Universal, Cruise will play a down-on-his-luck everyman that soon discovers he’s the only person who can save the world via a quick trip to space.
If all goes to plan, the movie will be a landmark, as no Hollywood production has ever attempted to helm a movie in the dangerous surroundings of outer space.
Liman spoke to Thrillist about being the person responsible for helming such a project, explaining that “when a producer proposes something crazy to you, like, let’s try to shoot a movie in outer space, and NASA and SpaceX sign on, and Tom Cruise signs on… you’re just a little bit more receptive.”
Cut to 2023 and during a red carpet premiere of Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One , Cruise confirmed that he and Liman were “working on it diligently and we’ll see where we go” but noted that the movie did not yet have an official start date.
These comments were similarly confirmed by ITV, who captured Cruise saying : "We're working on that. I'm working on that, definitely,” when asked about his space movie.
"I've always wanted to do that... We've been doing a lot of research for years.”
While no American-made film production has ever captured a movie in space, the blank void has been used as a backdrop for a film before. Russian-made feature The Challenge came out earlier this year and reportedly took its cast for a 12-day shoot in space.
Tom Cruise space movie cast
With the movie still firmly in pre-production, it’s currently unclear who might join Cruise on his latest nail-biting adventure.
The project’s official IMDB page currently only lists the Top Gun actor as its sole star. However, we’re sure more faces will join him as the film prepares for takeoff.
Tom Cruise space movie trailer
If you came here looking for a stunt-filled trailer for Cruise’s new space movie, then unfortunately we can’t show you the money. Much like details of the movie's cast, it’s just a bit too early to expect any video clips or full trailers for this one. However, as soon as they land, you’ll find them here.
The Tom Cruise space movie is coming soon.
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Tom Cruise is setting up shop on the Warner Bros. lot.
In a new strategic partnership that Warner Bros. Discovery chief David Zaslav helped shepherd, Cruise will team with movie studio chiefs Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy in jointly developing and producing original and franchise theatrical films starring the world-famous actor.
Cruise and his production company will have offices on the WBD lot in Burbank. The pact, which commences this year, isn't a traditional first-look deal, insiders say.
Luring Cruise into the fold is a coup for Zaslav, Abdy and De Luca, considering he's one of the last movie stars who carries clout around the world. And it's especially a coup since he's otherwise remained a free agent who hasn't had a formal deal with Paramount, home of his two biggest franchises, Mission: Impossible and Top Gun , since 2006.
Insiders stress that Cruise will continue to work with other studios, including Paramount, for whom he's currently shooting the next Mission: Impossible film. And he's making a space adventure movie for Universal that will see him become to first civilian to walk outside of the International Space Station.
Teaming with WBD gives Cruise additional security at a time of enormous change for Hollywood's legacy movie studios, some of whom are having to reconsider spending hundreds of millions on franchise tentpoles. That includes Paramount, which could be sold in the next year or so; one of the potential suitors is WBD.
No specific projects have yet been announced as part of the new WBD and Cruise partnership, which marks a homecoming of sorts. His roster of films includes such Warners titles as Edge of Tomorrow , Rock of Ages , Magnolia , Eyes Wide Shut , Interview With the Vampire and Risky Business , which helped put the actor on the map.
"Our vision, from day one, has been to rebuild this iconic studio to the heights of its glory days, and, in fact, when we first sat down with David Zaslav to talk about joining the Warner Bros. Discovery team, he said to us, ‘We are on a mission to bring Warner Bros. back - we have the best resources, storytelling IP, and talent in the business - and we need to bring Tom Cruise back to Warner Bros!' Today, that becomes a reality and we are one step closer to achieving our ambition," said De Luca and Abdy in a statement. The duo serve as co-CEOS of the Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group.
Added Cruise, "I have great respect and admiration for David, Pam, Mike, and the entire team at Warner Bros. Discovery and their commitment to movies, movie fans, and the theatrical experience. I look forward to making great movies together!"
Over the course of his five-decade career as an actor and producer, Cruise's movies have earned nearly $13 billion in worldwide box office, a virtually incomparable achievement, according to the release announcing the new partnership.
Cruise and Paramount, however, faced tough times last year when Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One disappointed badly at the global box office amid the Barbenheimer craze.
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Tom cruise gives careful update on his outer space movie.
Box-office sensation and daredevil Tom Cruise gives a careful update about the status of his space movie three years after it was first announced.
Mission: Impossible star Tom Cruise offers a careful update about his ambitious plans for a new film which would see him launched into space. First announced in May 2020, the untitled project is set to reunite Cruise with his Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman and reportedly involves using Elon Musk’s SpaceX program to allow him to shoot scenes set aboard the International Space Station. While Cruise’s journey into space was originally planned for October 2021, it has since been pushed back allowing the Russian-made film The Challenge to become the first time a professional actor has been filmed in space.
Variety spoke with Cruise about the out-of-this-world project during his red-carpet appearance at the Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One New York premiere.
Suggesting that he still does not know when the project will finally see him shot into outer space, he revealed that both he and Liman have been diligently working on their plans stating " I don't know yet. We've been working on it diligently, and we'll see where we go. "
How Going Into Space Is The Next Natural Step For Tom Cruise
With a career spanning over four decades, Tom Cruise has consistently proven himself an audience drawcard with few equals. Between strapping himself into the cockpit of a $70 million Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet to climbing the world’s tallest building, Cruise has regularly put himself into increasingly risky situations in order to deliver some of cinema’s most memorable moments. Moreover, Cruise’s insistence on providing audiences with real-life stuntwork over digital wizardry has also continued to deliver healthy box-office returns at a time when other big-budget blockbusters like Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny are struggling.
With Cruise constantly upping the ante and challenging himself to perform even bigger and better stunts, it was only a matter of time before he set his sights on space. Having already used nearly every conceivable Earth-bound aircraft, the only next logical step available to the daredevil actor would be to climb into a rocket and leave the planet behind entirely. While it is now too late for Tom Cruise to make the first film in space , what is already known about Cruise's plans would suggest that he is set on becoming the first civilian to perform a spacewalk at the International Space Station.
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While Cruise’s latest update does not provide much of an indication of when audiences can expect to see his extra-planetary escapades for themselves, it seems the star is still keen to see his plans eventuate. With his latest action-packed efforts in Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One already drawing considerable praise, it will be interesting to see what kind of impact Tom Cruise 's most ambitious film will have when it finally arrives from beyond our world’s atmosphere.
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Tom Cruise's Top 25 Movies...
Ranked in order of best Cruise movie, not necessarily best Cruise performance (which is why Tropic Thunder and The Outsiders are rated highly despite Cruise not being the star). And, yes, I'm not a big Jerry Maguire, A Few Good Men and Top Gun fan, though they have their moments. I have seen every Tom Cruise movie that has received 38,000 votes or more on IMDB as of this writing. I would highly recommend any movie in the Top 15, and heck, the others aren't bad either! (Wow...400,000+ views...very cool!)
- Movies or TV
- IMDb Rating
- In Theaters
- Release Year
1. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
R | 159 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A Manhattan doctor embarks on a bizarre, night-long odyssey after his wife's admission of unfulfilled longing.
Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Tom Cruise , Nicole Kidman , Todd Field , Sydney Pollack
Votes: 369,707 | Gross: $55.69M
The final masterpiece from the master Stanley Kubrick.
2. Magnolia (1999)
R | 188 min | Drama
An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Tom Cruise , Jason Robards , Julianne Moore , Philip Seymour Hoffman
Votes: 325,940 | Gross: $22.46M
One of my personal favorite movies. Cruise's performance is top-notch.
3. Minority Report (2002)
PG-13 | 145 min | Action, Crime, Mystery
John works with the PreCrime police which stop crimes before they take place, with the help of three 'PreCogs' who can foresee crimes. Events ensue when John finds himself framed for a future murder.
Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Cruise , Colin Farrell , Samantha Morton , Max von Sydow
Votes: 578,886 | Gross: $132.07M
Roger Ebert said it best: "Minority Report reminds us why we go to the movies in the first place."
4. The Color of Money (1986)
R | 119 min | Drama, Sport
Fast Eddie Felson teaches a cocky but immensely talented protégé the ropes of pool hustling, which in turn inspires him to make an unlikely comeback.
Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Paul Newman , Tom Cruise , Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio , Helen Shaver
Votes: 92,228 | Gross: $52.29M
Ah, the 80's. Great role for Cruise, great movie.
5. War of the Worlds (2005)
PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
An alien invasion threatens the future of humanity. The catastrophic nightmare is depicted through the eyes of one American family fighting for survival.
Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Cruise , Dakota Fanning , Tim Robbins , Miranda Otto
Votes: 471,221 | Gross: $234.28M
You wouldn't think so because it's a remake, but this movie is very re-watchable.
6. Tropic Thunder (2008)
R | 107 min | Action, Comedy, War
Through a series of freak occurrences, a group of actors shooting a big-budget war movie are forced to become the soldiers they are portraying.
Director: Ben Stiller | Stars: Ben Stiller , Jack Black , Robert Downey Jr. , Jeff Kahn
Votes: 442,985 | Gross: $110.52M
If Cruise had a bit more screen time and a starring role, this would be even a couple spots higher. Great, hilarious role for Cruise!
7. The Firm (1993)
R | 154 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A young lawyer joins a prestigious law firm only to discover that it has a sinister dark side.
Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Tom Cruise , Jeanne Tripplehorn , Gene Hackman , Hal Holbrook
Votes: 146,078 | Gross: $158.35M
Cruise makes a lot of very good - but not especially great - movies. The Firm is the best of that group.
8. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A soldier fighting aliens gets to relive the same day over and over again, the day restarting every time he dies.
Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Tom Cruise , Emily Blunt , Bill Paxton , Brendan Gleeson
Votes: 726,312 | Gross: $100.21M
The ending drags down Edge of Tomorrow a bit. The first 2/3 was fantastic though.
9. Mission: Impossible (1996)
PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
An American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization.
Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Tom Cruise , Jon Voight , Emmanuelle Béart , Henry Czerny
Votes: 465,276 | Gross: $180.98M
The first in the series is always the best.
10. Valkyrie (2008)
PG-13 | 121 min | Drama, History, Thriller
A dramatization of the July 20, 1944 assassination and political coup plot by desperate renegade German Army officers against Adolf Hitler during World War II.
Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Tom Cruise , Bill Nighy , Carice van Houten , Kenneth Branagh
Votes: 257,235 | Gross: $83.08M
Valkyrie is, oddly enough, very re-watchable. One wouldn't think a non-battlefield WWII movie would be this exciting. Well-crafted film.
11. Top Gun (1986)
PG | 109 min | Action, Drama
As students at the United States Navy's elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom.
Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Tom Cruise , Tim Robbins , Kelly McGillis , Val Kilmer
Votes: 495,203 | Gross: $179.80M
Most people would have this ranked higher I'm sure...Some people might even have it at #1. Never been an absolute favorite of mine but it's still a solid watch.
12. Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
R | 145 min | Biography, Drama, War
The biography of Ron Kovic . Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country for which he fought.
Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Tom Cruise , Bryan Larkin , Raymond J. Barry , Caroline Kava
Votes: 114,741 | Gross: $70.00M
Probably Cruise's best performance. Due to its serious nature throughout, I have a hard time re-watching this movie and re-watch-ability is very important to me. The movies above this one are more fun to watch in my humble opinion.
13. Rain Man (1988)
R | 133 min | Drama
After a selfish L.A. yuppie learns his estranged father left a fortune to an autistic-savant brother in Ohio that he didn't know existed, he absconds with his brother and sets out across the country, hoping to gain a larger inheritance.
Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Dustin Hoffman , Tom Cruise , Valeria Golino , Gerald R. Molen
Votes: 540,786 | Gross: $178.80M
Same as Born on the Fourth of July...one of Tom's best roles but not something you're going to continually grab off your Blu-Ray shelf.
14. Vanilla Sky (2001)
R | 136 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
A self-indulgent and vain publishing magnate finds his privileged life upended after a vehicular accident with a resentful lover.
Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Tom Cruise , Penélope Cruz , Cameron Diaz , Kurt Russell
Votes: 283,237 | Gross: $100.61M
I don't agree with this Family Guy scene, but it sure is funny!... Lois Griffin: Hey, you know what might be fun? How about we just order room service and watch a couple of bad movies? Brian Griffin: Yeah, that does sound like fun. I'll go rent Vanilla Sky. Lois Griffin: I said a bad movie, not an abortion.
15. The Last Samurai (2003)
R | 154 min | Action, Drama
Nathan Algren, a US army veteran, is hired by the Japanese emperor to train his army in the modern warfare techniques. Nathan finds himself trapped in a struggle between two eras and two worlds.
Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Tom Cruise , Ken Watanabe , Billy Connolly , William Atherton
Votes: 465,548 | Gross: $111.11M
Great movie but it is truly hard to imagine Cruise as the "The Last Samurai". He played the role very well and its a great movie, just kind of unbelievable.
16. Cocktail (1988)
R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A talented New York City bartender takes a job at a bar in Jamaica and falls in love.
Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Tom Cruise , Bryan Brown , Elisabeth Shue , Lisa Banes
Votes: 90,924 | Gross: $78.22M
I like what Brian Griffin had to say about it:... "Actually not a bad film. As classically structured cinema, Cocktail was one of the best films of its era." Haaa!
17. Days of Thunder (1990)
PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Drama, Sport
A young hot-shot stock car driver gets his chance to compete at the top level.
Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Tom Cruise , Nicole Kidman , Robert Duvall , Randy Quaid
Votes: 95,265 | Gross: $82.67M
18. The Outsiders (1983)
PG | 91 min | Crime, Drama
In a small Oklahoma town in 1964, the rivalry between two gangs, the poor Greasers and the rich Socs, heats up when one gang member accidentally kills a member of the other.
Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: C. Thomas Howell , Matt Dillon , Ralph Macchio , Patrick Swayze
Votes: 95,758 | Gross: $25.60M
I would rank this movie 8-12 spots higher but Cruise is not in it very much.
19. Jerry Maguire (1996)
R | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent agent with the only athlete who stays with him and his former colleague.
Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Tom Cruise , Cuba Gooding Jr. , Renée Zellweger , Kelly Preston
Votes: 283,988 | Gross: $153.95M
Along with the movie below (A Few Good Men), I find Jerry Maguire to be a bit overrated. Its probably just not my cup of tea. Kind of plays like an overly dramatic romantic comedy. But I have it ranked this high because, well, this is a Tom Cruise best-movie-list after all.
20. A Few Good Men (1992)
R | 138 min | Drama, Thriller
Military lawyer Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee defends Marines accused of murder. They contend they were acting under orders.
Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Tom Cruise , Jack Nicholson , Demi Moore , Kevin Bacon
Votes: 283,635 | Gross: $141.34M
Most people I talk to love this movie. I don't really understand that line of thinking. This has to be one of the most over-acted movies of all-time. If you like your drama like a soap opera hopped up on mountain dew, this is your movie!
21. Risky Business (1983)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A Chicago teenager is looking for fun at home while his parents are away, but the situation quickly gets out of hand.
Director: Paul Brickman | Stars: Tom Cruise , Rebecca De Mornay , Joe Pantoliano , Richard Masur
Votes: 98,595 | Gross: $63.50M
22. Top Gun: Maverick (2022)
PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Drama
After thirty years, Maverick is still pushing the envelope as a top naval aviator, but must confront ghosts of his past when he leads TOP GUN's elite graduates on a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those chosen to fly it.
Director: Joseph Kosinski | Stars: Tom Cruise , Jennifer Connelly , Miles Teller , Val Kilmer
Votes: 667,323 | Gross: $718.73M
You probably liked it more than I! :)
23. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
R | 123 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger.
Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Brad Pitt , Tom Cruise , Antonio Banderas , Kirsten Dunst
Votes: 343,736 | Gross: $105.26M
This movie begins to get better each time you watch it, then after a while, somehow it gets worse each time you watch it!
24. Collateral (2004)
R | 120 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles.
Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Tom Cruise , Jamie Foxx , Jada Pinkett Smith , Mark Ruffalo
Votes: 428,773 | Gross: $101.01M
25. Oblivion (I) (2013)
PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A veteran assigned to extract Earth's remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself.
Director: Joseph Kosinski | Stars: Tom Cruise , Morgan Freeman , Andrea Riseborough , Olga Kurylenko
Votes: 548,632 | Gross: $89.02M
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