Mission: Impossible 7 director Christopher McQuarrie shared a first look image at the upcoming Tom Cruise sequel. The first Mission: Impossible film debuted in 1996 and, throughout the last two decades has become one of the most popular action franchises out there. That success is, in part, thanks to Cruise's willingness to go bigger and bolder in each entry, doing his own stunts and upping the ante every time. Mission: Impossible 7 promises more insane stunts and production is currently underway on the film.
Along with Cruise, franchise mainstays Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, and Rebecca Ferguson are returning. New cast members Pom Klementieff (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Hayley Atwell (Captain America: The First Avenger) are joining up with IMF group in undisclosed roles. Originally, McQuarrie planned on shooting both Mission: Impossible 7 and 8 back-to-back, but those plans had to be nixed because of Cruise's schedule and the COVID delays the film has faced.
Currently, the Mission: Impossible 7 crew is in London putting the finishing touches on the film, scheduled for a November 19 release. With the film almost complete, McQuarrie shared a first look image at the film. The image features Cruise as Ethan Hunt running through what looks to be a tunnel of some sort. Cue the Tom Cruise running jokes. Hunt is surrounded by smoke and, by the looks of it, is going at quite the fast pace.
The picture isn't much. Cruise's face can't even be seen, but the fact that McQuarrie shared the image is at least a positive sign. Anticipation is high for Mission: Impossible 7, especially after Mission: Impossible - Fallout's success. The sixth Mission: Impossible film was the series' most critically acclaimed yet and featured some of its most daring action sequences. The film set a high bar to live up to and McQuarrie and Cruise seem more than up to the challenge.
Set photos have teased some truly expansive action sequences, including one with Atwell and Cruise atop a high-speed train. Still, for all the high-octane stunts in the film, one thing that had everyone talking about Mission: Impossible 7 was Cruise's on-set rant when crew members broke safety protocols. Now that the film is close to completion, Cruise can breathe a sigh of relief before heading into filming Mission: Impossible 8. It's unclear if the sequel will be pushed back because of the delay in filming, but it seems more than likely that the wait between the two will be longer now.
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