Tom Cruise’s next mission, should he choose to accept it, will see him trading stunts for singing and good old-fashioned choreography. A recent story in Deadline outlined the actor’s plans for the next two projects he will collaborate on with filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie, who he recently worked with while filming the box office hit Top Gun: Maverick.
Top of the list is an “original song and dance-style musical” they’ll write as Cruise’s star vehicle. Although audiences may associate Cruise primarily with dramatic action roles, he has sung on screen before. And no, it’s not a reference to the terrible lullaby scene in the middle. War of the Worlds remake. He received critical acclaim for his pipes in the 2012 adaptation of the Broadway show rock of ages, in which he played a washed-up musician and performed impressive renditions of some hair rock anthems, including Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive.”
No plot details have been announced about this new musical, although given Cruise’s propensity for engaging in life-threatening stunts, it’s likely he’ll train as a professional tap dancer to get the moves right.
And speaking of stunts, another of Cruise and McQuarrie’s pending projects is the eighth Impossible mission movie, which will see Cruise “flying at speed.” They also want to create a whole new action franchise together. More disconcertingly though, they’re reportedly excited about the prospect of bringing back Les Grossman, Cruise’s stage-stealing character from the 2008 comedy. Thunder in the tropics.
Philip Ellis is a freelance writer and journalist from the UK covering pop culture, relationships and LGBTQ+ issues. His work has appeared in GQ, Teen Vogue, Man Repeller and MTV.