Nicholas Hoult drops out of Mission: Impossible 7

Nicholas Hoult will no longer appear in Mission: Impossible 7.According to editors at Variety, the British actor had to depart from the upcoming action spy movie, which is being directed by Christopher McQuarrie, due to a scheduling conflict. Productio…

Nicholas Hoult will no longer appear in Mission: Impossible 7.

According to editors at Variety, the British actor had to depart from the upcoming action spy movie, which is being directed by Christopher McQuarrie, due to a scheduling conflict.

Production on the film was halted abruptly in March due to the onset of the coronavirus crisis, and with social distancing measures still in place, it is yet to be determined when filming will resume.

It is understood Hoult is already bound to prior obligations on the second season of Hulu comedy The Great.

And following the recent announcement that Esai Morales has signed on to appear in the Mission: Impossible flicks, it is now expected he will take up the 30-year-old’s part.

Although Paramount producers never disclosed the name of Hoult’s intended character, rumours suggested he had been cast as the film’s villain.

Morales is known for playing Jorge Castillo on TV show How to Get Away with Murder and for his appearances in Netflix series Ozark and PBS drama American Family.

Mission: Impossible 7 will see Tom Cruise reprise his role as spy Ethan Hunt, with franchise regulars Ving Rhames, Henry Czerny, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, and Vanessa Kirby also set to return. Newcomers Hayley Atwell, Pom Klementieff, and Shea Whigham are fresh to join the cast.

In reaction to the production delay, Paramount bosses have already pushed back the release date of the movie, which is now slated for 19 November 2021. A planned follow up, Mission Impossible: 8, has also been postponed, and will now hit theatres in November 2022.

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Hayley Atwell impressed director Christopher McQuarrie with ‘frightening’ knife skills

Hayley Atwell landed a role in the upcoming Mission: Impossible movies after impressing director Christopher McQuarrie with her “frightening” knife skills.The 38-year-old actress is set to play the mysterious leading lady who will test every member of …

Hayley Atwell landed a role in the upcoming Mission: Impossible movies after impressing director Christopher McQuarrie with her “frightening” knife skills.

The 38-year-old actress is set to play the mysterious leading lady who will test every member of the fictional Impossible Missions Force (IMF) team, led by Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt, in the seventh and eighth instalments of the action-adventure franchise.

Her casting was announced in September, and since then, she’s undergone some intense physical training for the role in the blockbusters, which will also star Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson.

However, it was Atwell’s screen test, which included a whopping two-hour stunt audition, which blew director McQuarrie away.

“It is truly something to see… the work that you’ve done, the dedication you’ve shown, the focus, and quite frankly, your frightening talent with a knife, are all stuff that I’m very, very, very excited for people to see. It’s a very different side of Hayley,” he told the Light the Fuse podcast.

And Pegg, who has starred in the franchise as tech expert Benji Dunn since 2003’s Mission: Impossible III, said he was stunned when the movie’s stunt coordinator Wade Eastwood showed him a clip of the Avengers: Endgame star in action.

“(He) showed me a video of you doing your training. You’re super fast. Proper Matrix s**t going on,” the Hot Fuzz funnyman told Hayley during the podcast.

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Rebecca Ferguson praises Denis Villeneuve for expanding Dune character’s role

Rebecca Ferguson has praised her Dune director Denis Villeneuve for improving the female characters’ storylines in the sci-fi epic.The Mission: Impossible – Fallout actress plays Lady Jessica, the mother of Timothee Chalamet’s young royal Paul At…

Rebecca Ferguson has praised her Dune director Denis Villeneuve for improving the female characters’ storylines in the sci-fi epic.

The Mission: Impossible – Fallout actress plays Lady Jessica, the mother of Timothee Chalamet’s young royal Paul Atreides and concubine to Oscar Isaac’s Duke Leto, in the Arrival filmmaker’s new two-movie adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel.

Lady Jessica is a member of the Bene Gesserit, a sect of women who can read minds, control people with their voices, and manipulate the balance of power in the universe, and her duty is to deliver a saviour to the universe. In the new film, she is a “warrior priestess”, more fearsome than ever, and accordingly, Ferguson was thrilled with the expansion of her character.

“She’s a mother, she’s a concubine, she’s a soldier,” she told Vanity Fair magazine. “Denis was very respectful of Frank’s work in the book, (but) the quality of the arcs for much of the women have been brought up to a new level. There were some shifts he did, and they are beautifully portrayed now.”

The Blade Runner 2049 director wasn’t satisfied with just improving Lady Jessica’s story and wanted more female characters in the ensemble cast, so he made Dr. Liet-Kynes, a leading ecologist and peacekeeper, a woman and cast British actress Sharon Duncan-Brewster in the role.

“What Denis had stated to me was there was a lack of female characters in his cast, and he had always been very feminist, pro-women, and wanted to write the role for a woman,” said the Rogue One star. “This human being manages to basically keep the peace amongst many people. Women are very good at that, so why can’t Kynes be a woman? Why shouldn’t Kynes be a woman?”

The first half of Dune will be released in cinemas in December.

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Denis Villeneuve names Dune as ‘most difficult’ project to date

Denis Villeneuve has described making Dune as “the most difficult thing I’ve ever done in my life”. The director, who is known for making critically acclaimed movies such as Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, has admitted adapting Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci…

Denis Villeneuve has described making Dune as “the most difficult thing I’ve ever done in my life”.

The director, who is known for making critically acclaimed movies such as Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, has admitted adapting Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi epic novel for its latest big-screen adaptation has been hard work.

“It’s a book that tackles politics, religion, ecology, spirituality – and with a lot of characters,” Villeneuve told Vanity Fair magazine. “I think that’s why it’s so difficult. Honestly, it’s by far the most difficult thing I’ve done in my life.”

Dune is set in a distant future and follows the complex story of royal houses who battle for control of the desert planet Arrakis, the only source of a drug named “the spice”, which can give people superhuman powers and is, therefore, the most valuable commodity in the universe. The scale and breadth of the story has confounded others, but Villeneuve realised early on that he needed to break the sprawling narrative in half.

“I would not agree to make this adaptation of the book with one single movie,” he explained. “The world is too complex. It’s a world that takes its power in details.”

The Sicario filmmaker wrote the screenplay with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts and shot the film in desert locations in Jordan and the United Arab Emirates with a vast ensemble cast including Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, and Javier Bardem.

And while the book was written 55 years ago, he believes the story of a planet being mined to death is still very relevant today.

“No matter what you believe, Earth is changing, and we will have to adapt,” the 52-year-old stated. “That’s why I think that Dune, this book, was written in the 20th century. It was a distant portrait of the reality of the oil and the capitalism and the exploitation – the overexploitation – of Earth. Today, things are just worse. It’s a coming-of-age story, but also a call for action for the youth.”

The first part of Dune is set to be released on 18 December.

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Timothee Chalamet struggled with scorching temperatures while filming Dune

Timothee Chalamet struggled to shoot the new Dune movie in scorching desert temperatures.The Oscar-nominated actor stars as young royal Paul Atreides in director Denis Villeneuve’s remake of the sci-fi epic, and in an interview with Vanity Fair magazin…

Timothee Chalamet struggled to shoot the new Dune movie in scorching desert temperatures.

The Oscar-nominated actor stars as young royal Paul Atreides in director Denis Villeneuve’s remake of the sci-fi epic, and in an interview with Vanity Fair magazine accompanying new images from the movie, the Call Me by Your Name star revealed the difficulties of filming in the desert.

“I remember going out of my room at 2am, and it being probably 100 degrees,” he recalled. “The shooting temperature was sometimes 120 degrees. They put a cap on it out there, if it gets too hot. I forget what the exact number is, but you can’t keep working.”

Chalamet and his co-star Rebecca Ferguson wore thick, rubbery armoured costumes, called stillsuits, during filming, and this helped them to realistically portray their characters’ frustration and tiredness while in the desert.

“In a really grounded way, it was helpful to be in the stillsuits and to be at that level of exhaustion,” he shared.

The film was shot in remote desert locations in Jordan and on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the 24-year-old found the shoot to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“It was really surreal. There are these Goliath landscapes, which you may imagine existing on planets in our universe, but not on Earth,” Chalamet explained.

The Vanity Fair images also showed his co-stars Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem, and Josh Brolin in costume as their characters.

Dune is set in a distant future and follows the complex story of royal houses who battle for control of the desert planet Arrakis, the only source of a drug named “the spice”, which can give people superhuman powers and is therefore the most valuable commodity in the universe.

The latest adaptation of Frank Herbert’s book is being released in two instalments, the first of which is set to hit cinemas on 18 December.

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Mission: Impossible 7 filming halted in Italy over coronavirus concerns

Filming on the latest Mission: Impossible movie in Italy has been halted due to coronavirus concerns.Production on the seventh instalment in the saga, starring Tom Cruise and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, had been due to begin with a three-week st…

Filming on the latest Mission: Impossible movie in Italy has been halted due to coronavirus concerns.

Production on the seventh instalment in the saga, starring Tom Cruise and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, had been due to begin with a three-week stint in the city of Venice, but the crew was sent home by studio executives at Paramount Pictures as Italian government officials continue their efforts to contain the epidemic.

“Out of an abundance of caution for the safety and well-being of our cast and crew, and efforts of the local Venetian government to halt public gatherings in response to the threat of coronavirus, we are altering the production plan for our three-week shoot in Venice, the scheduled first leg of an extensive production for Mission: Impossible 7,” a statement from the studio read.

“During this hiatus we want to be mindful of the concerns of the crew and are allowing them to return home until production starts. We will continue to monitor this situation, and work alongside health and government officials as it evolves.”

An outbreak of the coronavirus has recently occurred in northern Italy, forcing officials to place lockdown restrictions on more than 50,000 people in affected areas.

Cases in the country have surged to more than 200, with seven deaths, prompting tough action from the government to contain the epidemic, which originated in Wuhan, China late last year.

The action thriller, which also stars Vanessa Kirby, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Hayley Atwell and Nicholas Hoult, is scheduled to be released in July 2021. It is being filmed back-to-back with the eighth instalment, which will hit cinemas the following year.

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Vanessa Kirby returning for Mission: Impossible 7

Vanessa Kirby will reprise her role in the upcoming seventh instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise.The 31-year-old actress made her debut as the Alanna Mitsopolis, also known as the White Widow, in 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout, and is …

Vanessa Kirby will reprise her role in the upcoming seventh instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise.

The 31-year-old actress made her debut as the Alanna Mitsopolis, also known as the White Widow, in 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout, and is reprising her role for Christopher McQuarrie’s upcoming action movie.

Vanessa casually confirmed her return in a new interview with Glamour U.K. by revealing she was “in the car, about to go to firearms training” after wrapping production on drama Pieces of a Woman, in which she stars as a grieving pregnant woman who loses her baby.

Th Crown star told the publication she was looking forward to getting back into shape thanks to the intensive training for Mission: Impossible.

“Actually, I am looking forward to training because it means you eat well and work out which I haven’t been doing for that entire shoot,” Vanessa shared.

She also told the magazine that she ended up eating for two while wearing her prosthetic pregnant belly on the set of Pieces of a Woman.

“I was wearing the belly twenty-four seven – I was even sleeping in it,” she explained. “So, you could eat whatever you want, I was like, ‘I am eating for two,’ but there was no real two! It’s a fake two! In my mind no one was going to tell until but then you whip it off and it’s like, ‘oh God!'”

Tom Cruise is set to return as secret agent Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible 7 and 8, alongside franchise newcomers Hayley Atwell, Nicholas Hoult, and Pom Klementieff. Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, and Henry Czerny are also reprising their roles.

Mission: Impossible 7 is set for release in July 2021.

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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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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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Mike Flanagan saw 900 girls while casting Abra in Doctor Sleep

Doctor Sleep director Mike Flanagan and his team saw more than 900 girls while trying to find the perfect Abra for the movie. In the new horror, which is a sequel to The Shining, Abra Stone is a young girl with formidable psychic abilities known as “th…

Doctor Sleep director Mike Flanagan and his team saw more than 900 girls while trying to find the perfect Abra for the movie.

In the new horror, which is a sequel to The Shining, Abra Stone is a young girl with formidable psychic abilities known as “the shining” and she has to hold her own in scenes with Ewan McGregor as Dan Torrance, a recovering addict with similar powers, and Rebecca Ferguson, who plays Rose the Hat, the leader of a cult who feeds on children with psychic abilities.

During a Q&A at a screening of the film in London, the director revealed the team saw 900 girls before finding 13-year-old Kyliegh Curran.

“We saw more than 900 girls trying to find the right one and you hear these stories about Hollywood casting that you hope are true and this is one of those stories,” he said. “Kyliegh, who is a complete unknown, who is a local hire – she lived 15 minutes from our production offices – had submitted a tape, didn’t have the big agency weight behind her – I don’t think she even had a current headshot – and her tape did what it was supposed to do.”

Curran’s tape kept rising through the levels of the casting process until she made the final few, which included experienced actresses, and got called in to read with McGregor.

“She came in and read with Ewan and as soon as she walked out the room, the door hadn’t quite closed yet, and he turned to us and said, ‘It’s obviously her, right?’ and it was, we all completely agreed,” the filmmaker recalled. “She’s an amazing young talent. You hope in your career that you get to see someone really truly come out of nowhere like that and I’m honoured that we were there to able to see that happen for her because she’s really something.”

Doctor Sleep, an adaptation of Stephen King’s 2013 novel of the same name, is in cinemas now.

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