Tom Cruise Planning To Star In A Musical

Tom Cruise is flying high after the success of Top Gun: Maverick and it seems he is planning a good old-fashioned musical.

By Charlene Badasie | Published

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As Top Gun: Maverick continues to shatter box office records, surpassing the $1.3 billion mark to cement its place as the 13th highest grossing movie of all time, Tom Cruise isn’t slowing down any time soon either. Along with Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning director Christopher McQuarrie, the star is in the early stages of developing three very different projects, the first of which is a musical. The original song and dance-style project will be crafted as a star vehicle for the prolific actor.

According to Deadline, the pair is also creating an original action thriller with franchise potential. The last project will focus on Les Grossman, the intense studio executive that Tom Cruise played in the 2008 comedy classic Tropic Thunder. Little is known about whether this project will be a Les Grossman spin-off, or if it will simply see the character cameo in other projects. It’s unclear if the creative duo will write a new story for Grossman, or if it will be more like a spin-off. They could also borrow him for inclusion in either of the other films.

The scripts for these upcoming projects are set to be written by McQuarrie in collaboration with the Top Gun star. However, the musical wouldn’t be Tom Cruise’s first foray into the genre. The actor previously belted out covers of several rock ‘n roll classics as Stacee Jaxx in the film adaptation of Rock of Ages. The list includes Guns ‘N Roses “Paradise City,” “Pour Some Sugar on Me” by Def Leppard, and Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive” with Julianne Hough. The story follows a small-town girl and a city boy who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams.

Check out Tom Cruise taking the stage as Stacee Jaxx in Rock of Ages below:

In addition to these three projects, Tom Cruise and McQuarrie still have their sights set on shooting a movie in space with the help of NASA and SpaceX. Directed by Doug Liman, the production date for this groundbreaking title is yet to be confirmed. Since Deadline broke the story in 2020, Universal has signed on to be the studio. The pair has also aligned with SEE-1 film-producing duo Elena and Dmitry Lesnevsky’s Space Entertainment Enterprise (S.E.E.) that will dock with Axiom’s world-first commercial space station Axiom Station, which is connected to the International Space Station (ISS).

Meanwhile, Tom Cruise is still working on Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two. The actor was recently photographed in the UK’s Lake District practicing his next death-defying stunt which has been referred to as “speed flying.” As we get closer to the release of Part One, plot details remain a closely guarded secret. But McQuarrie previously revealed that the films will bring Ethan Hunt’s story to an end, taking the intrepid secret agent back to the beginning while creating an emotional journey for the indestructible action hero.

The new installment will reunite lead star Tom Cruise with Ving Rhames, Henry Czerny, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, and Frederick Schmidt, who are returning to their roles from the previous movies. A few new faces will be joining them too, including Hayley Atwell, Esai Morales, Pom Klementieff, Shea Whigham, Esai Morales, Rob Delaney, Charles Parnell, Indira Varma, Mark Gatiss, Cary Elwes, and Nick Offerman.  Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One will hit theaters on July 14, 2023. It will be followed by Part Two in 2024.