Tom Cruise definitely seems to have a thing about airplanes. Not long ago he was clinging for dear life to an A400M as it took off in Mission Impossible. Now the star has got it into his head to fly without gravity. In filming his latest blockbuster, The Mummy, the American actor shot some of the zero gravity scenes with the Novespace (a subsidiary of French space institute) Airbus A310 ZERO-G.
For the film set, the aircraft cabin was ‘dressed’ to look like a Hercules C-130, a military transport plane developed by US manufacturer Lockheed in the mid 1950s. In this thrilling scene, aboard the plane as it’s about to crash, you see Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis being flung around the cabin. Watch the video to find out what’s going on behind the scenes, and see an extract from the trailer.
News about the film shoot has been kept under tight wraps. Novespace has been silent as a tomb on the subject. They were keeping mum when we approached them, signed to secrecy by Universal Pictures. All we know is that the plane completed around 60 parabolic flights in the skies of southwestern France last July.
Directed by Alex Kurtzman, The Mummy depicts the tale of an ancient Egyptian princess who comes back to life to wreak havoc when her tomb is rediscovered and opened in modern times. American marine Tyler Colt, played by Tom Cruise, is of course the hero who saves the world from the terrifying monster. Release date in the US: June 9, 2017.