After Top Gun – Maverickthe 59-year-old actor stars in the new Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning. Release scheduled for July 2023, for this penultimate film in the saga.
After a whirlwind passage on the Croisette for the presentation of Top Gun: Maverick at the 75th Cannes Film Festival, Tom Cruise is already back in the sequel to the adventures of secret agent Ethan Hunt. On May 23, the 59-year-old actor posted the trailer for Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning, the seventh installment of the action saga. And the acrobatics are always present in this finale of the saga which will be presented in two parts.
On horseback in the desert, in a car chase in Italy or in combat on the roof of a moving train, the tone is set. But on some two minutes of sequences affixed one after the other, the trailer provides very little information on the scenario. And for good reason, Tom Cruise does not even address a word to it, until the final scene: a spectacular leap into the void, perched on a motorcycle from the top of a cliff. “This is by far the most dangerous thing I have ever attempted”had confided the actor at CinemaCon, specifying that this jump made in Norway is the result of “several years” of work.
However, after 26 years of absence from the screen, these sequences mark the return of one of the emblematic characters of the action saga: Eugene Kittridge. Role played by Canadian actor Henry Czerny as in the first Impossible mission (1996) signed Brian De Palma, he will once again play the director of the IMF unit, the Impossible Mission Force, which is trying somehow to capture Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), suspecting him of being a mole within of the intelligence agency.
In the trailer, Eugene Kittridge is the only character to speak, issuing a direct threat to the secret agent: “The days of you supposedly defending a higher interest are over. This is the time for us to define our truth, the concepts of right and wrong for everyone, for centuries to come. You are fighting to preserve an ideal that does not exist, that never existed. You have to choose your side”demanded the director, who at the time, in 1996, had been the victim of an explosive chewing gum throw, one of the cult scenes that united the two actors.
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This seventh part was directed by the American Christopher McQuarrie, who has already worked with Tom Cruise on the set of the film jack reacher in 2012. It is also to him that we owe the previous part of the action saga, Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018), which currently holds the franchise record with over 61 million admissions. And the one who was also one of the screenwriters of Top Gun: Maverick (2022), decided to reunite a large part of the previous cast. Starring: Ving Rhames as Luther, Simon Pegg as Benji, Rebecca Ferguson as Illsa Faust and Vanessa Kirby as Alanna Mitsopolis. A new head will also appear, Hayley Atwell, but her role is not yet specified.
Under the production of Paramount Pictures, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning will be the first part of the finale of this saga, planned in two episodes. Its theatrical release is scheduled for July 13, 2023, while the second is announced for June 2024.