Tom Cruise scouts for his right-hand Scientology woman

Tom wants new superstars for his church – and has his eyes on Cher and Priscilla!
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Finding a new bride isn’t the only mission Tom Cruise is on at the moment. Although the thrice-divorced actor still hopes to find lasting romance…

New Idea hears Tom is preoccupied with securing a new A-list female face for his Scientology religion.

At the top of his wish list are Priscilla Presley and Cher.

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The church, founded in 1953 by L. Ron Hubbard, has long come under fire for its treatment of members, yet Tom remains a committed practitioner. It has attracted some big stars over the years, including John Travolta and Elisabeth Moss…

But recent headline-making scandals have put the organisation on the nose. These include the defection of Leah Remini, and the rape conviction of ardent follower Danny Masterson.

Our Hollywood insider points out that the recent deaths of Tom’s close church confidants, Kirstie Alley and former member Lisa Marie Presley, hasn’t helped the situation.

Tom, 61, is now concerned that the church could be on an irreversible downward spiral – hence his urgent recruitment drive.

Tom Cruise at the Church of Scientology’s Applied Scholastics Program. (Credit: Getty)

”It cannot be understated how shattered every single member of Scientology has been by Lisa Marie and Kirstie’s sudden deaths,” a source tells New Idea.

”It’s quite unprecedented and has put Tom and the controllers in a position where they need to pull the church through some extremely challenging times.”

However, it seems Tom can’t make up his mind when it comes to who he would prefer as his right-hand woman. 

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Despite rumours that Priscilla, 78, had left the church, a representative denied the claims in 2017.

Insiders say that Scientology remains a huge part of Priscilla’s life.

The church helped her get through losing her daughter Lisa Marie in January, just as it did when her late ex-husband Elvis died.

Priscilla Presley at Scientology’s human rights awards (CCHR). (Credit: Getty)

While Tom admires Priscilla’s devotion to their shared faith, sources say the Top Gun actor is casting his net wide, and has secret hopes to lure his former flame Cher into to the fold.

The pair famously dated in the ’80s and Cher ranks Tom in her ”top five” lovers. 

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Tom Cruise and Cher in 1985, the year that they briefly dated. (Credit: Getty)

Sources believe that Tom finding a suitable superstar could be ”make 
or break” for the church, and suggest that he has a lot of work on his hands.

”There’s worry that Cher and Priscilla might not have what it takes to rise through the ranks,” shares our source.

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