Tom Cruise 'looking for South Island rental home' - report

Tom Cruise is heading back to New Zealand to film the next Mission: Impossible, according to a US gossip publication.

Radar Online's headline outrageously claims the actor is planning to live permanently in Aotearoa, as it's "further away from [daughter] Suri".

The unnamed source whose quotes the report is based on, however, suggest he's simply looking to rent a swanky home while making a movie here.

"The New Zealand Film Commission is secretly romancing producers to come back after they shot one scene of Fallout there, and Tom is 100 percent on board," Radar Online quotes its source as saying.

"He already has people scouting for incredible home rentals in the South Island wilderness... but the caveat is it must be near a private airport or a chopper pad, because he wants to be able to get to the fancy new Scientology center up in Auckland."

Cruise was filmed by Newshub as he visited Auckland's controversial Church of Scientology shortly after Mission: Impossible - Fallout  finished filming in the South Island's Rees Valley in 2017.

Recently, tabloid reports have claimed Cruise and his daughter Suri have been growing apart. The actor's family relationships are frequently speculated about by gossip outlets, partially due to Scientology's history of mandating its followers "disconnect" from non-followers.

What we know about Mission: Impossible 7 and 8

Paramount Pictures has announced the release dates of the next two Mission: Impossible films, which will be produced back-to-back.

Shooting locations have not been disclosed, however there is talk of Cruise going to space.

"I can tell you Tom already has a lot of really big ideas. Yeah. World-topping shit," Mission: Impossible director Christopher McQuarrie told Collider.

Asked directly whether that meant Cruise in space, he replied: "That would be entirely up to SpaceX or NASA. They would have to be involved with that, I would imagine."

McQuarrie also told Empire magazine he's "freaked out" about having to top Fallout with the next two movies.

"You've got to make something that swallows the last three movies whole," he said.

"I'm freaked out now. We've talked ourselves into something. Holy shit."

Mission: Impossible 7 will be released in July, 2021, before Mission: Impossible 8 follows in August, 2022.


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