Tom and Connor visited the America’s Cup Summer of Racing today, watching the fastest racing yachts in the world compete on San Francisco Bay.
They were the guests of Emirates Team New Zealand for its Louis Vuitton Cup race against Luna Rossa Challenge. They watched the Kiwis’ victorious race from the team’s VIP vessel, Imagine, and afterwards the Hollywood star and his adopted son suited up in full sailing gear and jumped aboard the team’s race boat, Aotearoa.
They joined the 11-man crew and joined in the sailing the 72-foot racing machine, grinding the winches that trim the rig and sails. They even took the wheel from skipper Dean Barker for a spell steering the boat.
The AC72s are the leading class of racing yachts in the world. So named for their 72-foot length, they are powered by 130-foot (40m) tall wing sails, the equivalent of a 13-story building, and capable of speeds of 44 knots (50 mph).
“We were very fortunate to have Tom Cruise and his son jump on board for a ride around San Francisco Bay. They had an absolute ball,” said Barker. “We had a nice reach back under the Bay Bridge, so Tom jumped on the handle bars (steering wheel) and did a better job than I did. He had a competition with his son to get the top speed. It was a real boost for the team to have someone like him come along.”
Tom was already spotted in San Franciso the previous night.
Warner Bros is moving ahead on sci-fi actioner “Yukikaze,” bringing on “Wrath of the Titans” scribe Dan Mazeau to adapt.
Studio acquired rights to the Japanese novel by Chohei Kambayashi earlier this year and attached Tom to star. Producers are 3 Arts’ Erwin Stoff and Tom Lassally and Viz Media’s Jason Hoffs.
Story for “Yukikaze” originates with a hyper-dimensional passageway appearing over Antarctica, allowing fighters from an alien force to attempt a terrestrial invasion — resulting in a united humanity fending off the attack and going on the offensive to eliminate the enemy bases.
The project re-teams Tom with Stoff, Lassally and Hoffs following their work on “Edge of Tomorrow,” another Warner Bros. sci-fi project based on Japanese source material. Studio changed the named from “All You Need Is Kill” and showed footage Saturday at Comic-Con with appearance by Tom, co-star Emily Blunt and director Doug Liman.
“Edge of Tomorrow,” a co-production with Village Roadshow, opens June 6.
Jon Berg is overseeing “Yukikaze” for the studio.
Mazeau is represented by CAA and Circle of Confusion. His attorney is Katz Golden Rosenman.
We’ve added tons of pics of Tom at Comic-Con in San Diego today. He was there to show the first footage from his new movie ‘Edge of Tomorrow. Co-star Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton, director Doug Liman and screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie were there too.