A Tropic Thunder Spinoff? Tom Cruise’s Next Big Projects Might Feature Les Grossman
What’s Next For Tom Cruise After Top Gun: Maverick’s Success?

At an age where other actors announce retirement plans, Cruise is cruising onwards with his passion for filmmaking — pushing boundaries after topping charts with his Top Gun: Maverick hot streak

While Top Gun: Maverick continues to fly ahead of expectations with a behemoth $1.3 billion at the box office, action star Tom Cruise continues to reveal more exciting projects in the pipeline.


While two projects on the following list are older announcements, this week saw longtime Cruise collaborator Christopher McQuarrie set up three wildly different projects, each showcasing the 60-year-old actor’s chops when it comes to action, comedy, and even musicals! Here’s what Cruise has in store for us:


A Les Grossman ‘Tropic Thunder’ Spinoff



Fans of the satirical 2008 film will be thrilled to hear that Cruise will return to play Les Grossman — the balding, fat, extremely neurotic studio head with more money than sense and plenty of dance moves. ‘Thunder was a massive hit back in the day and still holds up as hilarious on rewatches, so we can’t wait to see what Cruise does with the role after over a decade of it gathering dust.


An Untitled Musical



An all-original song-and-dance affair, this under-wraps project will see Cruise return to the exciting onscreen performances he first tried back as Stacee Jaxx for Rock of Ages. Stretching his acting muscles to their limits, Cruise nailed the role of a Jim Morrison-esque rockstar in the 2012 release — perhaps we’re in for a time-skipped sequel?


A New Action Franchise



Cruise’s third new project with McQuarrie concerns the introduction of a new action franchise — while details are scant, you can be sure that Cruise will continue to wow audiences even after wrapping up Mission: Impossible this decade, which brings us to…


Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning



McQuarrie’s main focus at the moment is likely working with Cruise on the latter’s final hurrah with the Mission: Impossible series — Dead Reckoning Part 1 and 2. The two films, which are currently under development, will be released in 2023 and 2024 respectively, as ‘a sendoff for Cruise’s Ethan Hunt character’, after he thrilled audiences for nearly three decades.


Unnamed Space Film



After pulling us into the upper atmosphere with Top Gun: Maverick, Cruise aims to get even more extreme with news of a film shoot in space, using the help of Elon Musk’s SpaceX in tandem with NASA. While initially dismissed as a rumor, the project came to light when NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstein confirmed the news in a tweet — although this still remains highly confidential.


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