‘Mission: Impossible 7’: Everything we know about Tom Cruise’s latest death-defying ‘Dead Reckoning Part One’

Your mission – if you choose to accept it – is to head to cinemas on July 14, 2023 for the long-awaited (and delayed due to coronavirus) seventh installment of Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible film franchise.

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1 marks Cruise’s latest outing as Ethan Hunt, an agent of the Impossible Missions Force (IMF), who embarks on an operation that – as the title suggests – promises to be his most dangerous operation yet.

On Sunday, Cruz actually popped during CBS’ NFL commercial break to thank moviegoers for watching his other high-flying sequel, “Top Gun: Maverick,” in theaters over the summer. Before he got off the plane, Cruz reminded viewers that he and director Christopher McCurry (who co-wrote “Maverick”) have been hard at work on the “Mission: Impossible” films set in South Africa.

Then, on Monday morning, Paramount and Skydance released a roughly nine-minute video that explained that jumping out of a plane isn’t even half of what Cruise will do in these movies.

In a behind-the-scenes clip, which debuted for theater owners at CinemaCon in 2021, Cruz, McQuarrie and the film crew show how they pull off a stunt where the actor drives a motorcycle down a ramp and ramp, resulting in a base jump, which was a highlight of the film’s first trailer. .

“This is the most dangerous thing we’ve ever attempted,” Cruz said of the stunt, which has been described as “the biggest in cinematic history”.

To train for the complex sequence, Cruz has skydived more than 500 times and done nearly 13,000 motocross jumps.

“I’ve got to get so good at this that there’s no way I’m going to miss my scores,” Cruz explained, underscoring how dangerous it all can be.

“Doing the stunt is just one of the technical challenges,” Macquarie added. “The other is to put the camera in a place where you can see where Tom is doing—find the right lens, the right platform, the right medium. Even a couple of years ago, cameras didn’t exist that would allow us to do what we’re trying to do today.”

Because Cruz wants to give the audience “that thrill” – and possibly a heart attack – the camera needs to be as close to him as possible. And from the looks of things so far, the audience wouldn’t miss a single bead of sweat dripping from their brow.

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, Tom Cruise, 1996. (c) Paramount Pictures/Courtesy: Everett Collection.
Courtesy of the Paramount/Everett Collection

Here’s everything you need to know about “Dead Reckoning Part 1”:

What does “dead reckoning” mean?

The seventh title of “Mission: Impossible” was officially revealed at CinemaCon in April 2021, and fans immediately wondered what the enigmatic phrase might refer to Ethan and the IMF team. “Dead reckoning” is a navigational term, Macquarie noted in an interview with Empire magazine, where he explained the connection between the phrase and the plot.

“A lot of things have come out of Ethan’s past,” the director told the magazine. “[Dead reckoning] Means you pick a course based solely on your last known position and that becomes quite metaphorical not just for Ethan, but for many characters.”

The first trailer for the movie gave a glimpse into exactly what ghosts might emerge from Ethan’s past, starting with Henry Czerny, who reprises his role as former IMF managing director Eugene Kittredge for the first time in over 25 years.

“Gone are your days of fighting for the so-called ‘greater good’,” Cherny’s Kittridge tells Hunt at the top of the teaser, which previews all the death-defying action sequences to come.

As tensions mount, Kittredge continues, serving Hunt with an ultimatum: “This is our chance to control the truth. Notions of right and wrong are all for centuries to come. You are fighting to save an example that doesn’t exist. You haven’t. You have to choose a side.”

Cruz starred in and produced all of the “Mission: Impossible” movies, which are based on the 1966 TV series created by Bruce Geller and have grossed over $3.5 billion at the box office. While the sequels (2000’s Mission: Impossible 2 and 2006’s Mission: Impossible III) used standard Roman numerals to mark them, Brad Bird’s fourth film, 2011’s “Ghost Protocol,” bucked that tradition. Subsequently, McQuarrie took over the franchise with the fifth and sixth films, titled “Rogue Nation” and “Fallout,” respectively.

“M:I-7” and “M:I-8” were announced in January 2019 with plans to shoot the films back-to-back, but COVID-19 pandemic delays and Cruise’s promotional duties for Top Gun: Maverick ultimately scuttled those. plans. Filming Dead Reckoning Part II is, presumably, currently underway and is set to be released on June 28, 2024.

Who is in the cast?

“Dead Reckoning Part One” follows the events of “Fallout,” as Hunt and his IMF crew save the world from nuclear catastrophe amid a series of double crosses, including a memorable turn from Henry Cavill (as CIA assassin August Walker). The film was the highest grossing franchise in the franchise, bringing in nearly $800 million at the box office.

Cruz is re-joined for this mission by Simon Pegg (IMF field agent Benji Dunn), Rebecca Ferguson (ex-MI6 agent turned IMF ally Elsa Faust) and Ving Rhames (IMF computer technician Luther Stickell, who is Hunt’s best friend and the only other character to appear in all seven films).

Simon Pegg (Benji Dunn), Rebecca Ferguson (Ilsa Faust), Tom Cruise (Ethan Hunt), and Ving Rhames (Luther Stickell) in “Mission Impossible: Fallout.”
David James

Also returning from “Fallout” are Vanessa Kirby – Alana Mitsoupolis, a black market arms dealer aka the White Widow – and Frederick Schmidt, as her brother Zola. The siblings work for the family business: their mother is Max (Vanessa Redgrave), the global smuggler Ethan tangled with in the 1996 original.

New spy players include Hayley Atwell, Esai Morales, Bum Klementieff, and Shea Whigham, who all feature prominently in the film’s first stills. Atwell plays a mysterious new character named Grace, while Morales plays the primary villain of “Dead Reckoning.”

In March 2021, Macquarie announced that the cast would also include Cary Elwes, Indira Varma, Rob Delaney, Charles Parnell, and Mark Gatiss. Rounding out the ensemble are Greg Tarzan Davis (who appeared with Cruz in “Top Gun: Maverick”) and Mariela Garriga, both in undisclosed roles. The Mission: Impossible 8 cast is joined by Holt McCallany, Nick Offerman and Janet McTeer.

COVID delays

“Dead Reckoning Part One” was initially scheduled to be released on July 23, 2021 before the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the film by nearly two years. Its release date has been changed four times.

Production was one of the first major studio films to resume after the pandemic hit, but filming scrambled around the world proved difficult as COVID cases waned and then rose in many of the six countries where the movie was slated to be shot. Since the production’s pivotal locations were also closed nearly seven times, the budget swelled to $290 million, which far exceeds the $190 million spent on “Fallout.”

While cost increases were inevitable given the circumstances, Cruise also became a COVID Safety Champion in December 2020 after audio was leaked to the press chastising crew members on site in the UK for not adhering to protocols.

As first reported by The Sun, after Cruz saw two crew members standing close together in front of a computer screen, he told the crew, “We’re the gold standard. They’re back out there in Hollywood making movies now because of us. Because they believe in us and what we do.” .I’m on the phone with every fucking studio at night, insurance companies and producers looking at us and using us to make their movies. We’re creating thousands of jobs, motherfucker. I don’t want to see it again. EVER!”

While the clip was controversial due to Cruise’s apparent frustration, George Clooney was among Cruise’s defenders, telling Howard Stern (via E! Online) that the actor “didn’t overreact because he’s a problem.”

Clooney added, “I’ve got a friend who does a commercial ad on another TV show who just got pretty much the same thing with a response that’s not entirely off… I understand why he’d do it. He’s not at all wrong about that. You know, I just, I don’t know.” That I would have done it completely personally, but I don’t know all the circumstances, so maybe he’s had it 10 or 15 times before.”

Tom Cruise (Ethan Hunt) in “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” from Paramount Pictures and Skydance.
Courtesy of Chiabella James

Does this mark the end of the line for Ethan?

When word got out that “Dead Reckoning” was planned as a two-part epic extravaganza, fans couldn’t help but be reminded of the end of the “Harry Potter,” “Twilight,” and “The Hunger Games” franchises, which ended with a two-part finale.

sources said in February diverse that the two films were designed “as a farewell to Cruise’s character Ethan Hunt,” but the filmmakers wouldn’t confirm or deny that this was his swan song.

“I’ve been working with Tom Cruise for 15 years and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been standing next to the guy, witnessing an event and then reading about it in the deals the next day and not reading any of it,” McQuarrie said when asked directly about the future of the action franchise during an appearance on the “Light” podcast. the Fuse”: “Actually correct description.”

He added, “You learn to ignore it and laugh at it. In today’s world, you wait 17 minutes and another news cycle will sweep it away.”

our estimate?

As long as Cruise continues to bring in bacon at the box office, it makes sense that Impossible Missions could — and might — continue.

…you choose to accept them.

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