Tom Cruise lost the $200M cinematic space race to the Russians

Russia has rocketed past “Top Gun” star Tom Cruise in the race to launch cinema in outer space.

A Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft blasted off at 4:55 a.m. ET on Tuesday in Kazakhstan with a crew of Russian actors, producers and, of course, legitimate cosmonauts (as they’re called in the country), on their way to the International Space Station to begin filming scenes for “The Challenge.”

The show to appear on Russia’s Channel One is the first feature film to be shot in outer space — and well before Cruise, 59, had the chance to produce his $200 million space-based action flick. The Hollywood daredevil brokered a deal between NASA and Elon Musk’s SpaceX last year to bring the film, with direction from Doug Liman (“American Made”), to the big screen.

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