NEW YORK – Actor Tom Cruise may be going on another Mission: Impossible — the hunky star is now demanding 75 percent of the assets from his marriage with Nicole Kidman.
Kidman's lawyer yesterday revealed that Cruise, who once appeared ready to cave in to Kidman's demand for a 50-50 split of the Hollywood glamour couple's estimated $350 million fortune, wants a hefty three-quarters of the package.
Cruise, 39, has claimed he deserves it because he is worth more — about $225 million, compared to Kidman's measly $110 million. The couple also jointly own three estates: an $8 million palatial spread in Los Angeles, a $5 million luxury townhouse in London and a beautiful $4 million home in Sydney, Australia.
To bolster his case, the diminutive Cruise insists the couple broke up in December, one month shy of the 10-year marriage rule in California, which generally guarantees a 50-50 split between spouses.
But Kidman, 34, says the couple didn't call it quits until February, after the 10-year mark. And she says she can prove it because she got pregnant by Cruise during that time. She miscarried the baby in March.
A Los Angeles judge yesterday set a hearing for Oct. 4 to begin trying to sort out the pugnacious pair's sordid finances.
The expected weeks-long hearing also will deal with custody issues involving the couple's two adopted kids, Isabella, 8, and Conor, 6.
The flame-haired Kidman, an Aussie who most recently starred in Moulin Rouge, has said she wants to raise the kids back home in Australia, far away from Hollywood's glitz.
Cruise has vehemently opposed the move.
But at least both sides agreed on one thing yesterday — their divorce will be final by next week.
In a bizarre twist, the judge decreed the union dissolved Aug. 8 — the day after the couple is set to appear publicly together for the first time since their split, at the premiere of a horror flick starring Kidman and produced by Cruise.
Neither actor was in court yesterday. But both will be present when the battle resumes in two months.
Cruise's lawyer said his client was looking forward to getting his next day in court.
Kidman's lawyer said she has no comment.