American actor Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman are expected to join the International Space Station aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule chartered by Axiom Space. During this ten-day mission, the two stars will not go sightseeing. They will shoot and direct, but neither the script nor the plot has been revealed.
At a roundtable held during the 2020 edition of International Congress(IAC), Michael Suffredini, CEO of Axiom Space, reviewed all of his company’s space projects including those related to . As a reminder, Axiom Space is a created in 2016 whose co-founder Michael Suffredini was director of the ISS program at the between 2005 and 2015.
As part of its NextStep program, with a view to opening thelow to the private sector, NASA chose Axiom Space last January to supply new commercial live modules from the second half of 2024. Attached to the front of the , they will thus create ” »Open to tourism.
But the main topic of discussion related to a secluded, completely private, mission project intended for the. O a 10 days, this mission will be the first to transport only private, without a crew member of a government space agency. Although seven people have already flown to the ISS as space tourists, all have taken advantage of the available seats of Russian missions funded by Russian space agency Roscosmos.
This tour is scheduled for October 2021 aboard a capsuleo with three passengers whose identity has not yet been revealed. We know the Crew Dragon pilot will be 62-year-old astronaut Michael López-Alegría. This NASA veteran has four space flights to his name. He will be trained by Axiom.
Film shot aboard the ISS
Michael Suffredini did not want to announce the names of the three pieces but we believe that Tom Cruise, who boardes the board, will be two of the three passengersto shoot a movie and Doug Liman who will direct it. We owe several films to this director including Tomorrow’s Edge, The memory in the skin or, Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
For now, Axiom Space is finalizing contracts with SpaceX (the carrier), NASA (which rents and makes American crew from the International Space Station) available to all three films. It would be interesting to know if an insurance company is committed to insuring the flight and the stay of Tom Cruise, one of the largest bankable to the world, and at what price!
Axiom Space hopes to complete these contracts by the end of October, early November in order to fulfill this mission during the fourth quarter of 2021.