This summer, Tom Cruise will return as Ethan Hunt for the seventh time in Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One.
In 1996, few expected a lasting Mission: Impossible franchise to emerge. In the 26 years since Brian De Palma’s tense spy-thriller was first released, we’ve seen five sequels, four different directors, and a film series that has cemented itself as one of the most inventive action movie series ever. that Hollywood has produced.
After numerous production setbacks, we’re finally about to experience the seventh Mission: Impossible movie in 2023.
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Titled Dead Reckoning Part One, it immediately follows the events of 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout, and is the first of a two-part swan song for Tom Cruise’s thrill-seeking super-spy, Ethan Hunt.
Here’s everything we know about Dead Reckoning so far…
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One Release Date
Dead Reckoning Part One will finally hit theaters on July 14, 2023. Production was initially supposed to start in February 2020, but the Covid pandemic halted proceedings to such an extent that cameras only started rolling seven months later. .
Various reports emanating from the Dead Reckoning set since the original delay would confirm a number of delays, including a leaked audio recording of Cruise criticizing crew members for not following Covid prevention protocol.
It would take a year and a half from when filming was supposed to begin until principal photography finally wrapped in September 2021.
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One director and writer
After writing and directing the previous two Mission: Impossible films in Fallout and 2015’s Rogue Nation, Christopher McQuarrie is back to direct Dead Reckoning.
The filmmaker has also enjoyed a fruitful association with Cruise, having worked with him on both Jack Reacher and the critically beloved Top Gun: Maverick, the latter currently in the running for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards.
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One plot
For a film that’s scheduled to open worldwide this summer, on July 14, it’s somewhat surprising that Dead Reckoning’s plot is still under wraps as of this writing.
However, a heart-pounding trailer was released in May 2022, revealing little about the film’s central premise, but showcasing the thrills and stunts we’ve grown accustomed to and adored over the years.
Watch a trailer for Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One
With both Dead Reckoning sequels believed to mark the final chapters of Hunt’s escapades, it’s highly likely that we’ll see some faces from his past who may become deadly threats to his Impossible Missions Force (IMF) team.
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As explicitly shown in the trailer, we know that there will be at least three major action scenarios that will definitely happen in Dead Reckoning: Cruise sliding down a cliff on a motorcycle before jumping and opening a parachute, a car across the city. chase that leaves Roma in tatters, and Cruise and Morales fighting atop a high-speed train before it crashes in another homage to the first film.
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Cruise stated that the motorcycle stunt was “by far the most dangerous thing” they’ve ever attempted, leaving little doubt that more rumble sequences will be revealed once the official trailer gets closer to Dead Reckoning’s release.
Cast of Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One
Joining Cruise’s Hunt is its core team of tech genius Luther Stickell and fellow field agent Benji Dunn (Pulp Fiction’s Ving Rhames and Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg respectively), with Dune’s Rebecca Ferguson making her return as the former MI6 agent Ilsa Faust.
The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby also reprises her role as Alanna Mitsopolis, a mysterious arms dealer who stole the show in Fallout.
Others confirmed for Dead Reckoning include Hayley Atwell (Captain America), Shea Whigham (Joker), Pom Klementieff (Guardians of the Galaxy), and La Bamba’s Esai Morales, who replaced Nicholas Hoult (The Menu) as the main antagonist for the series. movie.
Perhaps the most notable cast addition yet is Henry Czerny, who reunites with Cruise’s Hunt as former IMF head Eugene Kittridge, a character we haven’t seen since the first film back in 1996. Czerny’s Kittridge is definitely an addition. intriguing to Dead Reckoning, and all signs point to it playing a big part in connecting the dots with Hunt’s storied past.
Having established itself in the pantheon of seminal action franchises over the years, the Mission: Impossible film series is on its way to unleashing another winner in Dead Reckoning Part One.
With the sequel set to release sometime next year, expect more questions to be answered in the coming months that are sure to excite adrenaline junkies craving more death-defying shenanigans from Cruise and co.
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One will hit theaters on July 14, 2023. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two will be released on June 28, 2024.