Tom is circling the title role in Disney’s long-gestating musical comedy “Bob the Musical,” multiple individuals familiar with the high-concept project have told TheWrap.
Tom is not officially attached to star at the moment, but Disney has had its eye on him since as far back as January.’The Artist’ director Michel Hazanavicius is also being courted to direct.
Representatives for Disney did not immediately respond to a request for comment, while a representative for Cruise declined to comment.
Allan Loeb wrote a recent draft of the script, which follows a regular guy who can suddenly hear the inner songs of everyone’s heart after suffering a blow to the head. His reality instantly becomes a musical, much to his dismay.
The project would represent a departure of late for Cruise, who is coming off the action movies “Jack Reacher,” ‘Oblivion’ and “Edge of Tomorrow.”
“Bob the Musical” has been in development since 2004 and over the past decade, several filmmakers have circled the project including Phil Lord and Chris Miller and “Hairspray’s”Adam Shankman, who directed Tom in the 2012 musical “Rock of Ages.”
Tripp Vinson and Beau Flynn are producing “Bob the Musical” with Chris Bender and J.C. Spink of Benderspink.
Cruise next stars in “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” and will soon begin filming Doug Liman’s crime thriller “Mena” with Domhnall Gleeson of “Harry Potter” and future “Star Wars” fame. He’s represented by CAA and Greenberg Glusker.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” actor Domhnall Gleeson is in talks to join Tom in the Universal, Imagine and Cross Creek co-production ‘Mena’.
If a deal closes, Gleeson would join Sarah Wright, who is on board to join the cast with Doug Liman set to direct. Brian Grazer will produce for his Imagine Entertainment along with Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson as well as Doug Davidson.
Pic is based on the spec by Gary Spinelli and follows Barry Seal, a TWA pilot recruited by the CIA to provide reconnaissance on the burgeoning communist threat in Central America. Seal finds himself in charge of one of the biggest covert CIA operations in the history of the U.S., one that spawned the birth of the Medellin cartel and eventually almost brought down the Reagan White House through the Iran Contra scandal.
Cross Creek will finance the pic. Kim Roth will exec produce and oversee the project for Imagine, with senior VP of production Kristin Lowe overseeing for Universal. Jason Seagrave will oversee on behalf of Cross Creek.
Tom was at CinemaCon in Las Vegas today where he has showed two clips from Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation and some behind-the-scenes of the plane stunt. Simon Pegg and Rebecca Ferguson were with him.
We’ve also added a pic from yesterday already in Las Vegas of Tom with vice-chairman of Paramount, Rob Moore and with stunt driver Paul Dallenbach.
Jayma Mays (Glee) has been cast opposite Tom Cruise in Mena, Doug Liman’s drug-pilot drama from Imagine Entertainment and Universal Pictures. It’s a fact-based tale about Barry Seal (Tom), a pilot who was a gun runner and drug trafficker who transported contraband for the CIA and the Medellin cartel during the 1980s. The title refers to Mena, AR, where a lot of the illegal activity took place under the noses of Presidents Reagan and Bush and then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton. Mays will play Dana Sibota, the Assistant Attorney General of Arkansas. Foul-mouthed, unreasonable, demanding and the kind of boss everyone hates, she desperately wants to take Seal down. Mays voices Dulcinea in The Adventures Of Puss In Boots. Repped by UTA and Framework Entertainment, Mays next appears in Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp and Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant.
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly we can enjoy this new pic of Tom in Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation. You can see the full article HERE.
Here you have a new pic from Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation with Simon Pegg and Alec Baldwin.
Although it still hasn’t been officially announced it looks Tom’s next movie will be ‘Mena’.
Deadline has announced Sarah Wright Olsen (Marry Me) has been cast opposite Tom in Mena, the drug-pilot drama from Imagine Entertainment and Universal Pictures. It’s a fact-based tale about Barry Seal (Cruise), a pilot who was a gun runner and drug trafficker who transported contraband for the CIA and the Medellin cartel during the 1980s. The title refers to Mena, AR, where a lot of the illegal activity took place under the noses of Presidents Reagan and Bush and then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton. Wright will play Barry’s wife Lucy Seal, a former homecoming queen-turned-homemaker who in the beginning is completely unaware of her husband’s exploits. Wright stars on NBC’s Marry Me, and other recent credits include Mixology and Parks And Recreation and the features Walk Of Shame and 21 & Over. She is repped by Ellen Meyer Management. Sarah has confirmed the news on her Twitter account.
There is also news from Prodution Weekley that the movie is scheduled to begin filming in Atlanta on May 18th.