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Tom Cruise is filming the world's first action movie in space — and he'll get there using Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket

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  • Tom Cruise is partnering with NASA and Elon Musk's SpaceX to film the first narrative action movie in outer space.
  • Cruise plans to shoot the film on the International Space Station and be transported using a SpaceX rocket.
  • SpaceX intends to launch its first manned mission to the International Space Station May 27.
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Tom Cruise is taking action movies to a whole new level — literally — by filming his next blockbuster in outer space 1,200 miles above Earth, and Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket is going to get him there.
NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine confirmed Tuesday that the agency will work with Cruise to shoot a film aboard the International Space Station. The news was first reported by Deadline.
The mission is a three-fold collaboration between a private company, SpaceX, a government agency, NASA, and celebrity Tom Cruise to make the first narrative feature film outside Earth.
Bridenstine emphasized the film as a way to "inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists to make @NASA's ambitious plans a reality."
NASA will grant private citizen access to the International Space Station's facilities, however, NASA will require a fee to allow an independent astronaut aboard the station.
Elon Musk tweeted that SpaceX's involvement with the mission "Should be a lot of fun!"

Russia is the only country with the ability to transport people to and from the station.
But SpaceX has been making efforts to send private citizens to space and will launch its first manned mission of NASA astronauts to the International Space Station with SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft using the Falcon 9 rocket May 27, according to NASA.
The partnership to film Cruise's action movie is still in its infancy as no studio has officially accepted to film the movie as of yet.
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