Henry Czerny returning to Mission: Impossible franchise

Henry Czerny is reprising his role of Eugene Kittridge in the upcoming instalments of the Mission: Impossible franchise. Director and writer Christopher McQuarrie announced that the Revenge actor was returning to the franchise for the first time since…

Henry Czerny is reprising his role of Eugene Kittridge in the upcoming instalments of the Mission: Impossible franchise.

Director and writer Christopher McQuarrie announced that the Revenge actor was returning to the franchise for the first time since the 1996 original on social media over the weekend.

“There is no escaping the past… #MI7MI8,” he wrote besides a picture of Czerny, who recently appeared in horror-comedy Ready or Not and TV miniseries Sharp Objects.

In the original Mission: Impossible, Kittridge was the director of the Impossible Mission Force (IMF) and hunted down Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt after he believed the agent had gone rogue.

He shared several memorable scenes with Cruise, including one in which the Top Gun star says the classic line, “Kittridge, you’ve never seen me very upset.”

The Mission: Impossible films have generally worked as standalone instalments with a small number of narrative storylines connecting them, but McQuarrie changed this with 2015’s Rogue Nation and 2018’s Fallout, which he also wrote and directed. In the last outing, Vanessa Kirby’s White Widow character was revealed to be the daughter of arms dealer Max, a character not seen since the 1996 original.

Czerny will join other returning castmembers such as Kirby, Rebecca Ferguson, and Simon Pegg as well as newcomers such as Nicholas Hoult, who is reportedly playing the villain, Captain America star Hayley Atwell, Guardians of the Galaxy’s Pom Klementieff, and Joker’s Shea Whigham.

The seventh and eighth instalments, both written and directed by McQuarrie, are being filmed back-to-back. The seventh will hit cinemas in July 2021 and the eighth will be released in August 2022.

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Nicholas Hoult to tackle Mission: Impossible sequels

Nicholas Hoult is set to appear opposite Tom Cruise in the next two Mission: Impossible movies.Director Christopher McQuarrie announced the casting news on social media on Thursday and indicated that the British actor will be playing a villain.”Say, @n…

Nicholas Hoult is set to appear opposite Tom Cruise in the next two Mission: Impossible movies.

Director Christopher McQuarrie announced the casting news on social media on Thursday and indicated that the British actor will be playing a villain.

“Say, @nicholashoult, care to raise a little hell?” the filmmaker posted on Instagram, to which the X-Men: Apocalypse star replied, “Love to. Though why stop at a little?”

Hoult later shared the same image on his own Instagram page, with McQuarrie then commenting on the post: “Things tend to escalate from there. Welcome aboard. #MI78.”

Further details about the 30-year-old’s character are yet to be shared.

Cruise will return as secret agent Ethan Hunt, with actresses Hayley Atwell and Pom Klementieff also featuring in the seventh instalment of Mission: Impossible, which is set for release in July 2021.

The next two films in the franchise, which McQuarrie will write and direct, will be shot back-to-back, with the eighth movie scheduled to be released in August 2022.

Hoult’s casting comes after he lost out on the chance to star alongside Cruise in the Top Gun sequel.

Miles Teller landed the lead role in the Hollywood legend’s Top Gun: Maverick flick, but according to editors at Variety, Cruise remained a big fan of the actor, leading Hoult to be offered the new gig in the forthcoming Mission: Impossible project.

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Henry Cavill was banned from doing high-altitude stunt by Tom Cruise

Henry Cavill was banned from performing a high-altitude stunt on Mission: Impossible – Fallout by Tom Cruise.The 36-year-old starred as CIA assassin August Walker alongside the Hollywood action hero in last year’s blockbuster, directed by Christopher M…

Henry Cavill was banned from performing a high-altitude stunt on Mission: Impossible – Fallout by Tom Cruise.

The 36-year-old starred as CIA assassin August Walker alongside the Hollywood action hero in last year’s blockbuster, directed by Christopher McQuarrie.

During an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, Henry revealed he was desperate to perform a stunt which involved him jumping out of a plane, but Tom stepped in to talk him out of it.

“One stunt I really wanted to do was the high altitude jump at the beginning of the film,” he told host Graham. “I begged to do it, but Tom said, ‘We would love you to do it, but I am up there with the professionals and if I get anything even slightly wrong, they can correct it. If there are two of us up there and something goes wrong, you’ll kill everyone!’ And I was like, ‘Okay!'”

Working with Tom has rubbed off on the Man of Steel star, as he was determined to do all his own stunts on the set of his new Netflix series, The Witcher, in which he plays a mutated monster hunter.

“I do every single stunt myself. I have a lot of respect for the stunt performers and their craft, but if there was an emotional scene I wouldn’t ask another actor to come in a cry for me,” he explained. “For me, it is really important that the character exists in the action, so if I am going to take on a role like The Witcher I am going to make sure I can do all the stuff he can do.”

The Witcher debuted on Netflix on Friday.

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Pom Klementieff to appear in next two Mission: Impossible films

Pom Klementieff has signed on to appear in the next two Mission: Impossible films.Director Christopher McQuarrie announced the news on social media on Tuesday, cryptically teasing the nature of Klementieff’s character in his message. “@pom.klementieff…

Pom Klementieff has signed on to appear in the next two Mission: Impossible films.

Director Christopher McQuarrie announced the news on social media on Tuesday, cryptically teasing the nature of Klementieff’s character in his message.

“@pom.klementieff, how do you say femme fatale in French? #MI78” he wrote, alongside a brooding black-and-white snap of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 star.

“Mischief: Accepted,” she cheekily replied.

The 33-year-old will appear alongside Tom Cruise, who is reprising his character Ethan Hunt for McQuarrie’s back-to-back sequels, and Rebecca Ferguson, who plays spy Ilsa Faust.

And Klementieff isn’t the only newcomer to the blockbuster action franchise.

Back in September, it was confirmed that Hayley Atwell is also onboard for both movies, and in an update to fans on Instagram, she revealed some of the details around her character.

“I’m thrilled to have joined @tomcruise and @christophermcquarrie for the next TWO Mission Impossible movies. To have gone from a classical play in the West End to an audiobook recording of a great new novel to a Disney/Marvel animation and now the female lead in a huge action franchise is the kind of variety that fuels my curiosity and keeps me learning and striving to be better and do better,” Atwell wrote.

It is not yet known if franchise regulars such as Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, and Alec Baldwin will return.

Mission: Impossible 7 is set for release in July 2021, with Mission: Impossible 8 to follow in August 2022.

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Hayley Atwell joins Mission: Impossible 7

Hayley Atwell is joining Tom Cruise in the seventh instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise.Director Christopher McQuarrie, who has been in charge of the franchise since 2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, announced over the weekend that …

Hayley Atwell is joining Tom Cruise in the seventh instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise.

Director Christopher McQuarrie, who has been in charge of the franchise since 2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, announced over the weekend that the actress had joined the cast on his Instagram page by sharing a black-and-white snap showing Atwell’s headshot photograph resting on top of a folder for the Impossible Mission Force (IMF), the fictional agency in the series.

“@wellhayley Should you choose to accept…” he wrote in the caption, referencing the iconic line, “Your mission, should you choose to accept it.”

In the comments, Cruise, who has played Ethan Hunt in the films since 1996, wrote, “Welcome to the team, @wellhayley.”

The Captain America star shared the same photo on her Instagram page and hinted at her character’s storyline in the caption, in which she wrote: “@christophermcquarrie Mission: Accepted. Though I’m not the sort to follow orders…”

It is not known what character the 37-year-old will be portraying, or if she will appear in both the seventh and eighth instalments, which are being filmed back-to-back.

According to IMDb, Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson is set to reprise her role of Ilsa Faust in the seventh movie. It is not yet known if other regulars, such as Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, and Alec Baldwin will return.

McQuarrie will direct both films from his own screenplays and will produce along Cruise and J. J. Abrams, among others. The first instalment is set for release in July 2021, while the follow-up will arrive in August 2022.

Atwell, who is perhaps most famous for playing Captain America’s love interest Peggy Carter in the Marvel films, was recently seen in Avengers: Endgame and Blinded by the Light. She is currently filming TV show Criminal.

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Tom Cruise makes appearance at movie awards to honour Mission: Impossible director

Tom Cruise made a rare awards show appearance at the Advanced Imaging Society (AIS) Awards on Wednesday (30Jan19) to present his Mission: Impossible collaborator Christopher McQuarrie with an honorary prize.According to editors at The Hollywood Reporte…

Tom Cruise made a rare awards show appearance at the Advanced Imaging Society (AIS) Awards on Wednesday (30Jan19) to present his Mission: Impossible collaborator Christopher McQuarrie with an honorary prize.

According to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, Cruise was a guest presenter at the 10th AIS Awards at the Steven J. Ross Theater at the Warner Bros. Studios in Los Angeles, where McQuarrie was presented with the Harold Lloyd Award for achievement in filmmaking.

The 56-year-old action star praised the director of Mission: Impossible – Fallout, which took $780 million (£593 million) at the global box office, who he said “applies cutting edge technology beautifully” and “like Harold Lloyd, respects the audience … and understands that story is everything.”

The actor also didn’t go home empty-handed, as he and McQuarrie also accepted the trophy for best scene or sequence, for the acclaimed 2018 movie’s white-knuckle helicopter chase sequence.

In his acceptance speech, McQuarrie thanked New Zealand for being “the only country that would let us shoot the helicopter sequence”, and was similarly generous in praise of his leading man.

“Our single greatest piece of technology is Tom Cruise,” gushed McQuarrie. “I have an unfair advantage. Whatever we come up with, Tom’s response is ‘Yeah, I’ll do that. How are you going to shoot it?’ That sets in motion the development of new technology.”

McQuarrie, who wrote the screenplay for The Usual Suspects, has collaborated with Cruise on Valkyrie, Jack Reacher and the latest two Mission: Impossible movies, Rogue Nation and Fallout, and they are working on two more instalments to be released in 2021 and 2022.

Meanwhile, other movies recognised for their cutting-edge technology included Ready Player One, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Black Panther, which was recognised for best immersive feature, and Bradley Cooper-directed film A Star Is Born, which won an award for creative use of high dynamic range (HDR) in a live-action feature.

Previous recipients of the Harold Lloyd award, named after one of the greatest stars of the silent movie era, include directors Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, and Ang Lee.

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Tom Cruise confirms two more Mission: Impossible instalments are in the works

Tom Cruise has confirmed that he will film the next two Mission: Impossible movies back-to-back, ahead of releases in 2021 and 2022. On Monday (14Jan18), it was reported that Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote and directed the fifth and sixth instalment…

Tom Cruise has confirmed that he will film the next two Mission: Impossible movies back-to-back, ahead of releases in 2021 and 2022.

On Monday (14Jan18), it was reported that Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote and directed the fifth and sixth instalments, 2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout, had signed on to continue as writer and director of the seventh and eighth chapters, which would be shot back-to-back and be released in the summers of 2021 and 2022.

Cruise, who has played IMF agent Ethan Hunt in the action franchise since 1996, confirmed the news on Twitter by sharing a video of the M:I logo with fuses burning at both sides. In the caption, he wrote, “Summer 2021 and Summer 2022.”

McQuarrie also confirmed his returning roles by tweeting, “Missions: Accepted #MissionImpossible” and sharing Cruise’s post.

The news comes six months after the release of Fallout, which made more than $790 million (£614 million) at the global box office, a franchise best, and was the best-reviewed instalment so far.

McQuarrie, who won an Oscar for writing 1995 movie The Usual Suspects, will now set to work on developing the script while Cruise finishes shooting Top Gun: Maverick, in which he reprises his role of Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell more than 30 years after his original outing in 1986’s Top Gun. The sequel is set for release in June 2020.

Bosses at Paramount Pictures used to switch up directors of the Mission franchise with each instalment, but seemed to have settled on McQuarrie since 2015. He has also worked closely with Cruise at other points in his career – writing and directing his 2012 movie Jack Reacher and serving as scribe for his movie The Mummy, Valkyrie and Edge of Tomorrow.

According to Variety, Mission: Impossible is likely to begin filming later in 2019. It is not yet known if franchise regulars Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and Rebecca Ferguson will return.

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Christopher McQuarrie concentrates on story over genre when penning scripts

Christopher McQuarrie isn’t fazed by genres when he writes a movie.The 50-year-old is well known for his work with Tom Cruise, helming many of the action star’s projects, like the latest Mission: Impossible flick Fallout, as well as writing the scr…

Christopher McQuarrie isn’t fazed by genres when he writes a movie.

The 50-year-old is well known for his work with Tom Cruise, helming many of the action star’s projects, like the latest Mission: Impossible flick Fallout, as well as writing the screenplays.

Asked what interests him when it comes to penning scripts, Christopher admits he’s completely open to any idea, as long as there’s a good story to be told.

“I just go through the door that opens, and when somebody says, ‘You want to write The Tourist?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, okay, I think there’s a story there and we can figure it out’,” he said, reports Collider.

“I don’t always do that, but to me it’s like, a comic book is no different than a gothic romance is no different than science fiction, fantasy, drama – it’s all the same stuff to me. It’s like, that’s the opening through which I can escape into what I like to do, which is make s**t up.”

There have been rumours swirling that the Oscar winner is attached to a Green Lantern reboot, and some fans want to see him direct Mission: Impossible – Fallout star Henry Cavill in Man of Steel 2, an idea The Usual Suspects writer Christopher isn’t opposed to.

“Many, many people have asked, many, many, many times. I had an awesome conversation with Henry Cavill about an awesome version of Superman while we were on set,” he shared. “You’re sitting around of hours, waiting for stuff to be built so I can put Henry in it, and throw him off a cliff, or freeze him to death. And we talked about a really awesome version of Superman.”

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