Russian Movie ‘The Challenge’ Steals from Tom Cruise’s Playbook – Becomes First Movie Shot in Space

Russian Movie 'The Challenge' Steals from Tom Cruise's Playbook - Becomes First Movie Shot in Space
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With a career spanning over 4 decades, Tom Cruise has been right at the center of the industry with performances across every genre making a place for himself amidst the chaos. The star has worked on movies such as Endless Love (1981), Taps (1981), Top Gun (1986), Mission: Impossible (1996), Mission: Impossible II (2000), Mission: Impossible III (2006) and the list goes on and on. Tom Cruise has appeared in a string of blockbuster movies, from sci-fi epics to explosive action films, is one of the most famous figures in the movie business, and has starred in many high-profile, extremely profitable films.


From his High-Speed Helicopter, Chase in Mission: Impossible – Fallout to hanging from the outside of a Plane in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, the actor has taken action movies to different heights as his movies have always pushed the envelope but not this time around as a Russian movie might have taken the first spot and Tom Cruise didn’t see that coming.

Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick.
Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick.

Tom Cruise Watched a Russian Movie Do the Impossible

Tom Cruise spoke in the past about taking things to the next level as he Cruise wanted to hop on a SpaceX rocket, travel to the International Space Station, and shoot a full movie as he orbits around the Earth. While the thought of it does sound appealing but spending a fortune to only shoot a movie sounded a little too much for people.


However, when it came to execution Tom Cruise was left behind as a Russian production team shot a part of their movie in space. Named The Challenge, this new sci-fi motion picture made history by being the first fiction film to shoot some footage in space using actual actors and an actual director. As the movie shows some of this historic footage in the first trailer recently released, we can be amazed by how far mankind can go, beyond boundaries.

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Tom Cruise hanging from a biplane in Mission: Impossible –Dead Reckoning

A Russian film crew, comprising actress Yulia Peresild, the director of the movie Klim Shipenko, went on to the ISS and after having shot some footage, they returned to Earth on October 17, 2021, aboard a Soyuz MS-18 manned spacecraft, after spending 12 days in space. The footage shot in space makes up around 35 minutes of the final film. The Challenge will portray a doctor who had to go to space to save a cosmonaut’s life. The movie will showcase the training received by the doctor before going to space and the challenges faced by the woman doctor while treating the cosmonaut in the environment of the orbital outpost.

Also read: “We got Tom for a half hour”: Tom Cruise Refused To Do Top Gun: Maverick, Forced Director Joseph Kosinski To Fly to Europe and Convince Him


What This Means for Tom Cruise’s Next Challenge

As the Russian movie has already done the impossible, it is interesting to see whether Tom Cruise remains inclined toward his wish to fly aboard the ISS. The actor has also put forward his desire to be the first person to spacewalk, something even the cast and crew of The Challenge didn’t try to execute. Having said that, it’s never a good idea to underestimate Tom Cruise, an actor, and producer who specializes in going against the odds, an actor takes all the things mere mortals like us think are impossible only to perfect them effortlessly in astounding feats of action. He has done it before and he did it again this year by launching Top Gun: Maverick to blockbuster status.

Tom Cruise delivers an exhilarating high with Top Gun Maverick
Tom Cruise delivers an exhilarating high with Top Gun Maverick

But on the other hand, even Tom Cruise has his limits, and flying into space for the sake of Hollywood magic might be one step too far. But now that The Challenge has gone there, Cruise will undoubtedly not hold back on his desire as he feels motivated, more than ever to execute his long-awaited plan.

The Challenge releases on April 12 2023 while Top Gun: Maverick is currently streaming on Apple TV.


Also read: Tom Cruise is Reportedly Obsessed With Beating Brad Pitt at Oscars

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Written by Rupam Basak

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