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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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 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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Lilo & Stitch live-action remake in development

A live-action version of Lilo & Stitch is reportedly in development at Disney. Directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, the original 2002 animated flick told the story of a Hawaiian girl named Lilo Pelekai who adopts a genetically engineered “dog”…

A live-action version of Lilo & Stitch is reportedly in development at Disney. 

Directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, the original 2002 animated flick told the story of a Hawaiian girl named Lilo Pelekai who adopts a genetically engineered “dog” called Stitch.

Lilo & Stitch, which featured the voices of Daveigh Chase, Tia Carrere and Ving Rhames, received positive reviews, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, and garnered $273 million (£210 million) at the global box office. Now, according to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, bosses at Disney are now looking to remake the story.

Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich will produce with co-producer Ryan Halprin, while Mike Van Waes is penning the script. No other details have been released and it is unclear whether studio executives intend to release the film in cinemas or via Disney’s planned streaming service that is set to launch in 2019.

Should the Lilo & Stitch project come to fruition it will mark the latest in a string of live-action remakes based on animated Disney classics.

In recent years, revamped takes on Cinderella, The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast have been released, while Dumbo, The Lion King, Mulan and Aladdin are also in production.

Lin and Eirich worked as producers on Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin, which features Billy Magnussen, Will Smith and Naomi Scott. The retelling of the 1992 movie is due to hit cinemas in May 2019.

Meanwhile, a live-action remake of 1955 animated movie Lady and the Tramp is also in production.

Directed by Charlie Bean from a screenplay by Andrew Bujalski, the voice cast will include Hollywood stars such as Justin Theroux and Tessa Thompson.

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Tom Cruise up for any stunt thrown his way

Tom Cruise never rejects ideas for stunts in the Mission: Impossible films. For the latest instalment Fallout, the sixth in the franchise, Tom has action scenes in a helicopter, on the edge of a cliff and a fight sequence in a men’s bathroom, with the …

Tom Cruise never rejects ideas for stunts in the Mission: Impossible films.

For the latest instalment Fallout, the sixth in the franchise, Tom has action scenes in a helicopter, on the edge of a cliff and a fight sequence in a men’s bathroom, with the 56-year-old action man performing his own stunts like usual.

Talking about how they up the action ante from film to film, producer Jake Myers exclusively told Cover Media: “It starts with Tom wants to do something, then it’s trying to figure out how to put it into the movie. Then there’s a little bit of gamesmanship, like, ‘Wait, what can we make him do that might be fun and he’s not going to say no to?’ Which he never does!”

Over the last 22 years, Mission: Impossible has become a Hollywood institution, with everyone from Thandie Newton to Jeremy Renner popping up in the movie series.

For the latest film, Tom is joined by core cast members Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames, returning stars Rebecca Ferguson and Alec Baldwin, and newcomers Henry Cavill and Angela Bassett, among others.

Speaking about the tone of Fallout, Jake, who also worked on 2015’s Rogue Nation, said it was important to balance the humour with a more serious storyline.

“I think (the humour aspect) is huge. I mean the last film was very humour heavy and I think there was somewhat of a conscious effort to have a little bit more drama in this film,” he shared. “But if you lose the humour in Mission, you really lose the ability to tell the audience they can have fun and to reset. So I think the film can’t take itself too seriously, I think the humour is key.”

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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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