Mission Impossible is aiming for almost impossible new highs for future instalments in the film series – as Tom Cruise plans to film scenes in space.

The 58-year-old film star has played Ethan Hunt in the Mission Impossible film series since 1996 – with the seventh and eighth instalments currently filming back-to-back across Europe.

However, Tom is hoping to take cameras up beyond the atmosphere to film climactic scenes for the final instalments in space.

Reports have suggested that producers are working with NASA to determine the logistics of getting Tom and a film crew above the clouds and out to the stars to film.

Tom Cruise is currently filming Mission Impossible : Lybra around Europe

A source told The Sun: “Tom is well known for doing his own stunts and the Mission films have had some of the ­biggest and most elaborate movie moments ever shot.

“But he’s keen to push things further than anybody has ever done before — and, obviously, the big unknown is can you actually film in space.

“He’s pretty certain he can make something work and has spoken to Nasa about it, too.”

The actor reportedly plans to blast himself into space to film scenes for the new Mission Impossible films

The plans would make Tom the first Hollywood star to film scenes for a movie in outer space – while the actor himself is well known for his daring stunts in the series.

In 2017, Tom broke his ankle while filming a stunt for Mission Impossible 6 – and he has earlier drawn headlines for filming on the side of a plane while it took off.

During the filming of Mission Impossible 7, a fire broke out during a motorbike stunt which delayed filming – but no one was injured.

The Mission Impossible film series has made over $3.5 billion (£2.6 billion) at the box office over the past 24 years.

The seventh and eighth instalments had been due for release in July 23, 2021 and August 5, 2022 respectively – but were delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The films are now expected to release on November 19, 2021 and November 4, 2022 respectively.