Filmmaker Doug Liman will take the lead in the film that Tom Cruise, NASA and Elon Musk want to shoot in space.

The Deadline portal detailed this Wednesday that Liman, who already worked with Cruise on the tapes “Edge of Tomorrow” (2014) and “American Made” (2017), will not only be the director of this film but has also already written the first draft of the script and will also appear as a producer.

Liman is an American director who has been especially successful in action cinema, almost always with a touch of humor, and whose filmography includes outstanding titles such as “The Bourne Identity” (2002), “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” (2005) or “Jumper” (2008).

Before joining forces with Cruise in this pioneering film project in space, Liman has pending the release of “Chaos Walking”, which will be released next year, if the pandemic does not delay it, and which includes Daisy Ridley in its cast. and Tom Holland.

NASA confirmed earlier this month that it will take part in the shooting of a movie in outer space with Tom Cruise and the collaboration of Elon Musk (founder of SpaceX) aboard the International Space Station.

“We need a popular media culture that inspires a new generation of engineers and scientists to realize NASA’s ambitious plans,” wrote the administrator of the US aerospace agency, Jim Bridenstine.

The collaboration between Cruise and Musk, also the founder of Tesla, is not yet backed by a studio.

Cruise was going to shoot this year the seventh installment of the action saga “Mission Impossible”.

But this film was one of the first Hollywood productions that had to stop filming when in February it was alerted to the expansion of the coronavirus in Italy and the team was starting the recording in Venice.

Scheduled to hit theaters in July 2021, that movie will now be released on November 19 of that year.

This has also forced to postpone “Mission: Impossible 8”, which will be released on November 4, 2022, three months after the initial date.

Christopher McQuarrie, who took over “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” (2015) and “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” (2018), will direct and sign the script for both films.

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