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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Tessa Thompson tried on 50 costumes for Men in Black: International

Tessa Thompson went through 50 options before selecting her Men in Black: International costume.The 35-year-old actress worked closely with veteran costume designer Penny Rose to select the perfect look for her character M, who wears a stylish yet prac…

Tessa Thompson went through 50 options before selecting her Men in Black: International costume.

The 35-year-old actress worked closely with veteran costume designer Penny Rose to select the perfect look for her character M, who wears a stylish yet practical look modelled after the signature black suits that appear in the franchise.

For the reboot of the hit films, Rose opted to reimagine the items with the help of British designer Paul Smith, and they put together 50 jacket and pants options for Thompson to try out, with the star ultimately settling on pieces she could easily move in.

“Together, we decided that the two-button, double-breasted, longer jacket – with the big kick-pleat at the back – would be far more impressive for all the action work,” she told Fashionista.com. “It moves very well.”

When it came to footwear, Rose decided the 10-inch height difference between Thompson and her co-star Chris Hemsworth, who portrays Agent H, called for heels and selected comfortable yet empowering lace-up work boots by Naked Wolfe that she described as “fairly elegant”.

Rose also experimented when it came to Emma Thompson’s costume as Agent O, pairing a blazer designed by Smith with a custom-made pencil skirt featuring peplum detailing.

“It made her feel a little saucy and a little bit cheeky,” Rose added. “We wanted to give it a twist and make it a bit seductive, if you like.”

Men in Black: International, also starring Liam Neeson and Rebecca Ferguson, is now showing in cinemas.

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Javier Bardem: ‘I would have paid to be in Dune!’

Javier Bardem has joked that he would have paid to star in Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming sci-fi drama Dune.The film, slated for a 2020 release, has attracted an impressive list of stars, including Bardem, Jason Momoa, Rebecca Ferguson, Timothee Chalamet,…

Javier Bardem has joked that he would have paid to star in Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming sci-fi drama Dune.

The film, slated for a 2020 release, has attracted an impressive list of stars, including Bardem, Jason Momoa, Rebecca Ferguson, Timothee Chalamet, Josh Brolin, Zendaya and Oscar Isaac.

Bardem says he had no hesitation when Villeneuve approached him about playing Stilgar in his new film.

“The most important thing is that I love Denis, since Prisoners. What a luxury! He asked me if I would ever be interested in being part of Dune. Are you kidding? How much do I have to pay?” he said to Cinema Blend. “It’s one of those blessings that you have in this amazing, blessed life that I happen to have: having a job that I love, and make a living with, and also work with people that I truly admire and respect, and I’m getting inspired by it. It’s a lot.”

Villeneuve is rebooting David Lynch’s 1984 cult version of Dune, which was based on Frank Herbert’s book of the same name, with Dave Bautista, Charlotte Rampling and Stellan Skarsgard also on the cast list.

Lynch’s go-to actor Kyle MacLachlan, who starred in the original, recently shared his thoughts on the remake.

“I’m curious to see what happens, you know, he’s (Villeneuve) getting together a great cast obviously, really talented people,” he said to BuzzFeed News’ AM to DM. “It’s a challenging piece of material to try to bring to the screen, so I wish him luck with that, if anyone can do it, he’ll do a great job. He’s a terrific filmmaker.

“The book, I’m kind of a nerd about the book. I read it when I was 15 for the first time. I know the book very well. There are three sections, you can break that into three movies and still have a lot left over.”

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Jason Momoa joins Dune remake

Jason Momoa is in talks to join the star-studded cast of the Dune remake. The Aquaman actor is reportedly in negotiations to play swordmaster Duncan Idaho in Denis Villeneuve’s reboot of David Lynch’s 1984 cult sci-fi epic. If he cuts a deal, Momoa …

Jason Momoa is in talks to join the star-studded cast of the Dune remake.

The Aquaman actor is reportedly in negotiations to play swordmaster Duncan Idaho in Denis Villeneuve’s reboot of David Lynch’s 1984 cult sci-fi epic.

If he cuts a deal, Momoa will join an impressive cast list which currently includes Timothee Chalamet, Stellan Skarsgard, Javier Bardem, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista and Josh Brolin.

Set in the distant future, Dune tells the story of Chalamet’s character Paul Atreides whose family assumes control of the desert planet Arrakis which is the only source of a drug known as “the spice”, a highly valuable commodity. This sparks a fight for control among competing noble families, and after Atreides is betrayed, he leads a rebellion to restore his family’s reign over the planet.

Momoa’s character Duncan belongs to the house of Atreides and serves as the right-hand man to Paul’s father Duke Leto Atreides, played by Oscar Isaac.

Villeneuve, who helmed films such as Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, is directing and producing from a script he co-wrote with A Star is Born’s current Oscar nominee Eric Roth and Prometheus’ Jon Spaihts. Brian Herbert, the son of Dune author Frank Herbert, will serve also a producer with his daughter Kim, while Kevin J. Anderson, who co-wrote the Dune prequel book series with Brian, will act as creative consultant.

The 1984 movie, based on Herbert’s 1965 novel, starred Kyle MacLachlan and was a critical and commercial failure that went on to become a cult hit and spawn TV shows and video games.

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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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Dave Bautista boards Dune reboot

Actor Dave Bautista has reportedly signed on to reunite with director Denis Villeneuve in the forthcoming Dune reboot. The former wrestler joins Call Me By Your Name star Timothee Chalamet in the project, which will also feature Mission: Impossible – …

Actor Dave Bautista has reportedly signed on to reunite with director Denis Villeneuve in the forthcoming Dune reboot.

The former wrestler joins Call Me By Your Name star Timothee Chalamet in the project, which will also feature Mission: Impossible – Fallout actress Rebecca Ferguson, according to Variety.

Villeneuve, who directed Bautista in Blade Runner 2049, is co-writing the script with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts, and will also co-produce the film, which will be made for bosses at Legendary Entertainment, who acquired the film and TV rights to Dune in late 2016.

It will be a remake of David Lynch’s sci-fi classic, which was adapted from Frank Herbert’s 1965 book of the same name in 1984.

It bombed at the box office upon its release, grossing just $30.9 million (£24.2 million) from a $40 million (£31.3 million) budget. However, it has since become a cult favourite among fans, including Villeneuve, who expressed an interest in revamping the story for a new generation of devotees months before he was approached to take charge of the new movie.

Dune is the first new project Bautista has taken on since the third Guardians of the Galaxy instalment was put on hold following the exit of filmmaker James Gunn.

The man behind the first two Marvel blockbusters was let go by Disney executives in July (18) after controversial mean tweets he sent years ago resurfaced online.

His cast, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and Bautista, voiced their support for Gunn by signing an open letter urging studio officials to reconsider his firing, but Disney chiefs have yet to budge, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 remains without a director.

Bautista, who plays Drax the Destroyer in the action franchise, reprises his superhero role for the upcoming Avengers: End Game, but it’s not yet known if he will return for the next Guardians sequel if Gunn is no longer involved.

He has repeatedly made it clear he stands by Gunn, and in August, he claimed he found it “nauseating” to work for Disney officials in light of their actions.

“I will do what I’m legally obligated to do but @Guardians without @JamesGunn is not what I signed up for,” he tweeted. “GOTG w/o (without) @JamesGunn just isn’t GOTG. Its also pretty nauseating to work for someone who’d empower a smear campaign by fascists #cybernazis (sic). That’s just how I feel.”

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Rebecca Ferguson: ‘My character needs to be vital in a film’

Rebecca Ferguson won’t do a film unless “a hole” is left in the plot without her character.The Swedish actress has ruled the box office in 2018, first with musical smash hit The Greatest Showman, and then with summer blockbuster Mission: Impossible – F…

Rebecca Ferguson won’t do a film unless “a hole” is left in the plot without her character.

The Swedish actress has ruled the box office in 2018, first with musical smash hit The Greatest Showman, and then with summer blockbuster Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

While she’s fast becoming one of Hollywood’s most in-demand actresses, Rebecca is picky when it comes to choosing her projects.

“I think it is so important (to play a strong woman) but I think what is so lovely is that both Tom (Cruise) and Chris (McQuarrie, director) believe that their characters and all the people in their films have an arc,” she exclusively told Cover Media. “And for me, when I choose a role and a script, I want her to interest me. I’m interested in the word strength – whether it be vulnerability or character development.

“If I take her out of the story, there needs to be a hole in the story. That’s what I’m going for.”

In the latest Mission: Impossible instalment, Rebecca reprises the role of butt-kicking former MI6 agent Ilsa Faust, who audiences last saw in 2015’s Rogue Nation.

Proving she’s just as tough in real life, Rebecca recently revealed that she performed some of her stunts while pregnant, after conceiving when production temporarily shut down after lead actor Tom broke his ankle during a stunt.

“I love doing the stunts and I think 80 per cent of being a part of this film is having the opportunity of actually doing them and enjoying it,” she told U.S. chat show The Talk. “So, we had done most of the kicking scenes… but there were a couple of catch-up scenes that we hadn’t done.

“I came back a little bit larger everywhere and we had to do a couple of jump up sequences, so I had two stunt guys lift me up on top of (castmate) Sean Harris.”

Rebecca welcomed a daughter in May.

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Westworld’s Zahn McClarnon lands major movie role

Zahn McClarnon has been added to the cast of The Shining sequel, Doctor Sleep.It was announced in June that Ewan McGregor would be playing the grown-up version of Danny Torrance, played by Danny Lloyd in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 cult horror classic, al…

Zahn McClarnon has been added to the cast of The Shining sequel, Doctor Sleep.

It was announced in June that Ewan McGregor would be playing the grown-up version of Danny Torrance, played by Danny Lloyd in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 cult horror classic, along with Rebecca Ferguson as Rose the Hat, the leader of a group of quasi-immortals who prey on people who have psychic abilities known as the shining.

Now it’s been announced that Westworld favourite Zahn will also appear in the retelling of Stephen King’s follow-up novel, as Crow Daddy, Rose’s right-hand man.

Written in 2013, 36 years after Stephen penned The Shining, Doctor Sleep follows an adult Danny, who is haunted by the issues of rage and alcoholism which plagued his father Jack Torrance, famously played by Jack Nicholson, as well the events of what happened at the Overlook Hotel in his childhood.

Carl Lumbly has been cast as Dick Halloran, an integral character of the original story, while Alex Essoe is starring as Danny’s mother Wendy Torrance. The roles were previously helmed by the late Scatman Crothers and retired actress Shelley Duvall.

Mike Flanagan, known for his work in the horror genre, is directing, and also adapted the screenplay from Stephen’s award-winning book. The story is set in Massachusetts this time around, the state Mike was born in.

Since wowing as Akecheta in season two of Westworld, Variety reports 51-year-old Zahn has been on the radar of several movie executives.

His previous credits include TV shows The Son and Longmire, as well as season two of Fargo, which his co-star Ewan joined for the third series.

Doctor Sleep is due to hit cinemas in January 2020.

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Mission: Impossible star Rebecca Ferguson set for Men in Black, Doctor Sleep roles

Rebecca Ferguson has bulked up her resume by reportedly landing roles in two of the most highly-anticipated films. Sources tell Deadline the Mission: Impossible – Fallout star has booked the lead female role in the Men in Black spin-off, opposite Chri…

Rebecca Ferguson has bulked up her resume by reportedly landing roles in two of the most highly-anticipated films.

Sources tell Deadline the Mission: Impossible – Fallout star has booked the lead female role in the Men in Black spin-off, opposite Chris Hemsworth, while also lining up a role opposite Ewan McGregor in The Shining sequel, Doctor Sleep.

The Men in Black movie, to be directed by The Fate of the Furious’ F. Gary Gray, will be the fourth instalment of the alien-fighting franchise. Original stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, who played Agent J and Agent K respectively, reteamed for the third instalment back in 2012, but neither are expected back for the new movie.

Plot details about the new feature are being kept under wraps, although the story is believed to follow a London-based team of Men in Black secret agents, who become involved in a murder mystery that sends them travelling the globe.

Liam Neeson, Tessa Thompson, Rafe Spall, and Kumail Nanjiani, have also been cast in the movie, which began production in the U.K. last month (Jul18).

Meanwhile, Ferguson will also star as cult leader Rose the Hat in The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep. Ewan McGregor has already signed on to play the grown-up Danny Torrance in the adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, which will revisit the plot of director Stanley Kubrick’s horror classic, set in a spooky, remote hotel.

Mike Flanagan will direct the sequel after reworking Akiva Goldsman’s adapted screenplay for the project. Goldsman will serve as the film’s executive producer.

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Tom Cruise had no fear returning to Mission: Impossible – Fallout after injury

Tom Cruise wasn’t scared to throw himself back into stunt work after breaking his ankle on the set of the latest Mission: Impossible film.Tom is back as action man Ethan Hunt in the sixth instalment of the movie franchise, Fallout, with Simon Pegg, Reb…

Tom Cruise wasn’t scared to throw himself back into stunt work after breaking his ankle on the set of the latest Mission: Impossible film.

Tom is back as action man Ethan Hunt in the sixth instalment of the movie franchise, Fallout, with Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames and Alec Baldwin also reprising their roles.

Filming had to be halted last summer when Tom crushed his ankle during a big building jump stunt while shooting in London, and despite doctors fearing the 56-year-old would never run again, he defied the odds and was back on set after just six weeks.

“It wasn’t scary really, it was just, ‘What is going to happen?'” Tom exclusively told Cover Media. “I was really, really focused. I did rehab for 10 to 12 hours a day afterwards, I just did everything I could to get the swelling down and get back running as fast as possible. Luckily, I didn’t need an operation. We just stayed really focused. And at six weeks later I was filming again, nine weeks I was basically doing free climbing even though the ankle was broken and at 11 weeks I started running again – I was able to at least sprint.”

Photos of Tom smashing into the building were published around the world, and the triple Oscar nominee admitted he had no idea how long it would take to get him back to his action best.

“We had to measure the days,” he explained. “I didn’t know how many sprints I would be able to do for the takes because we didn’t know what was going to happen. So that’s what I did. I just wanted to get it, just get it!”

Mission: Impossible – Fallout, which also stars Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett and Vanessa Kirby, hits cinemas from 25 July (18).

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