Each Mission: Impossible film seems to trump the last with its can-do attitude to danger, from scaling Dubai’s Burj Khalifa in Ghost Protocol to hanging off the back of a plane in Rogue Nation. The latest film in the ongoing franchise, Mission: Impossible 7, is looking to once again up the stakes, featuring the franchise’s most “dangerous” stunt ever, according to director Christopher McQuarrie.
Debuting at CinemaCon, a featurette for the film reportedly showed Tom Cruise training regime in order to perfect a stunt where he performs a motorbike jump off a cliff in Norway. Preparing for the role, franchise star Tom Cruise took 500 skydiving sessions and performed over 13,000 motorbike jumps.
Speaking during the exclusive featurette at Cinemacon, Cruise commented, “This is far and away the most dangerous thing I’ve attempted; we’ve been working on this for years. I wanted to do it since I was a little kid”.
Adding to Tom Cruise’s comments, the director of the seventh instalment, Christopher McQuarrie, who also directed the previous two films in the series, stated, “The only thing that scares me more is what we’ve got planned for Mission 8”. Cruise’s elaborate stunts have become staples for the action franchise, with the actor infamously left with a broken ankle after jumping off a building in Mission: Impossible – Fallout.
Reflecting on his action-packed career to Movieweb, Cruise stated, “I am a very physical actor and I love doing them. I study and train and take a lot of time figuring it all out. I have broken a lot of bones!…the first time of any stunt is nerve-wracking but it is also exhilarating. I have been told a few times during shooting a stunt to stop smiling!”.
Cruise will be joined by series mainstays Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson and Vanessa Kirby, whilst newcomers Pom Klementieff, Rob Delaney, and Esai Morales also join the ensemble cast in the seventh film in the series.
Originally scheduled for a 2020 release date, the coronavirus pandemic has pushed its premiere back to May 27, 2022.