News has emerged that Tom Cruise is set to work alongside Elon Musk's SpaceX project with NASA to shoot an action movie in outer space.

Incredible, right? Then keep scrolling to find out more...

Tom Cruise has received some pretty exciting news recently...

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And it involves Elon Musk's SpaceX, NASA, and going into outer space. But firstly, let's recap a few things...

Tom Cruise is a well-loved Hollywood actor.

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His best-known role is as Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in action-drama smash hit, Top Gun, released in 1986.

You may also recognize him from Mission Impossible.

This movie franchise is one of the highest-grossing in Hollywood. In the films, Cruise plays Ethan Hunt. He starred in the role between 1996 and 2018.

Alongside his action roles, Cruise has shown impressive range.

In fact, he's won 3 Golden Globes and has been nominated for three Oscars for his more "serious" ventures, including Rain Man, The Fourth of July, and Jerry Maguire. 

But, aside from his movie career, there's something else that Cruise is known for.

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And that is, quite simply, being a weird guy. His disingenuous persona in interviews alongside the oddly secretive nature of his private life has led many to believe that all is not what it seems with Cruise.

There's been a fair amount of speculation as to what's really going on.

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So much so, in fact, that it's turned into something of a full-blown conspiracy theory. Feeling confused? Let's start from the beginning.

Let's start by introducing a major player in this story.

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The Church of Scientology is a pseudo-religion founded by science fiction writer, L Ron Hubbard (yes really). The Church is known for being highly secretive, leading many to suspect it of being a cult.

There's something else that Scientology is known for.

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It has a lot of associations with high-profile Hollywood celebrities. And one such celebrity is, you guessed it, Tom Cruise.

The Church has a certain modus operandi...

It relies on a process called "auditing." During an audit, you're required to reveal your deepest held secrets to the Church, in order to cleanse your soul (or "thetan"). But there's another side to this. Because, after an audit, the Church essentially knows all of your deepest secrets.

Tom Cruise has been entrenched in Scientology since 1990.

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And many speculate that a lot of the weirdness in his life can be attributed to his religious beliefs. The majority of these centers around Cruise's weird romantic relationships.

He came to the Church through his first wife, Mimi Rogers.

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Rogers was 6 years Cruise's senior and the pair often appeared to have little in the way of intimate connection. This led some to speculate that this was more of a marriage of convenience.

Cruise's next marriage was even more high-profile.

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He met fellow actress, Nicole Kidman, on the set of Days of Thunder and the pair married just ten months after his first divorced form finalized.

The 2 even started a family together...

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Kidman and Cruise adopted 2 children, Connor and Isabella, during their brief marriage.

Again, many noticed something strange about the partnership.

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Just look at this photo - it seems almost as though Nicole Kidman is a husk of her former self. She looks exhausted and empty. Life with Cruise sure doesn't look easy.

And, for further evidence...

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These images of Nicole Kidman leaving her lawyer's office after filing for divorce from Tom Cruise speak volumes. 

After Cruise's second one-year marriage came to an end, some suspected outside intervention.

Many believed that the reason that Cruise was undertaking repeated short and failed marriages is because he's secretly not attracted to women. Scientology couldn't have this - and so it supposedly stepped in to ensure that his next marriage would be a success.

Scientology puts a lot of stock in its celebrity associations.

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Which meant that, for them, finding Tom Cruise a "perfect wife" was a matter of urgency.

And in 2005, Cruise went official with actress Katie Holmes...

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But right from the beginning, some noticed the same odd body language that Cruise had previously displayed with his ex-wives.

And the less he said about this, the better.

For those who don't remember, Cruise was interviewed by Oprah and jumped on his sofa in one of the most unconvincing displays of love of all time.

In April 2006, just a year after the pair met, Suri Cruise was born.

Much of her birth story was kept a secret - but there was that famous Vanity Fair cover shot by Annie Leibovitz. Details that were leaked (such as Holmes reportedly having to remain totally silent throughout the labor) were as weird as the world expected.

Soon after, the pair married...

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They legally wed in Los Angeles, but held their ceremony in Bracciano, Italy, in November of 2006.

But things between the pair quickly soured.

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In fact, Holmes apparently blindsided Cruise by filing for divorce from the actor in 2012. The sharp turnaround has led many to believe that Holmes had some sort of 5-year contract of marriage.

Cruise's whirlwind of a personal life has captivated fans for years now...

But it certainly hasn't affected his career as a professional actor.

He is now busier than ever...

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And there's no denying that he's very good at what he does.

He's that good, in fact...

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He's planning on going into outer space for his next big role.

Only Tom Cruise would agree to do this...

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And, of course, Elon Musk has something to do with it.

It's currently unknown when the project will be underway...

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But Deadline reported that Cruise will be working with Elon Musk's Space X for a project drawn up by NASA - which will be the first-ever narrative feature film in outer space.

It has nothing to do with the Mission Impossible franchise...

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But it will be an action-adventure shot in outer space... which, we must admit, sounds incredible.

Fans are excited over the news...

And it's pretty clear that SpaceX couldn't have picked a better actor for the challenge!

Make sure to stay posted for further updates...

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