Tom Cruise rides off a cliff, trashes train in new Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One trailer
In Tom Cruise’s seventh film as superspy Ethan Hunt, the IMF team of Hunt, Luther Stickell (voiced by Ving Rhames), Benji Dunn (voiced by Simon Pegg), Ilsa Faust (voiced by Rebecca Ferguson), and Esai Morales’ antagonist (voiced by Pom Klementieff) face off.
“We were in Venice, Italy, two days away from shooting in February of 2020,” recalls McQuarrie, who also directed 2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout. “We were at ground zero for the pandemic. Now I’m here talking to you!”
During the intervening three years, McQuarrie and Cruise, who also produced the film together, somehow managed to film the movie in an array of international locales, including England, Abu Dhabi, and Norway. The pair persevered despite COVID-caused shutdowns and delays — but in the process, they had to replace Nicholas Hoult, whose Hulu series The Great was going back into production, with Esai Morales as the baddie. The repeatedly-interrupted shoot lasted so long that McQuarrie recalls another new franchise cast member, Hayley Atwell, “might have been on this movie for well over 100 days before she had her first dialog scene, owing to the chaotic nature of the production.”
Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One will finally arrive in theaters on July 14, almost two years after its originally announced release date. But despite the production’s many trials and tribulations, McQuarrie always believed he would complete his mission. When chatting with EW for this early preview of the movie, the filmmaker admits there was never a moment he thought the movie wouldn’t get finished. “When you’re making a movie with Tom, that’s not really a factor,” he says. “And on these movies, we like to say, ‘Disaster is an opportunity to excel.’ We lean into the chaos. We don’t invite it, but we accept it as part of the process.”
Dead Reckoning Part One finds the IMF team of Cruise’s Ethan Hunt, Ving Rhames’ Luther Stickell, Simon Pegg’s Benji Dunn, and Rebecca Ferguson’s Ilsa Faust’s going up against both Morales’ antagonist and a character played by Guardians of Galaxy franchise star Pom Klementieff.
“She is somebody who, at the start of our story, is partnered with Esai and represents this malevolent force that Ethan is opposed to,” teases McQuarrie.Impossible – Fallout actress Vanessa Kirby once again portrays arms dealer Alanna Mitsopolis (a.k.a. The White Widow), while Henry Czerny reprises his role of government agent Eugene Kittridge, which he played way back in the very first film in the franchise, 1996’s Brian De Palma-directed Mission: Impossible. This time, Kittridge partners with characters played by Shea Whigham and Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick costar Greg Tarzan Davis.
“Shea and Tarzan represent the government,” says McQuarrie. “They’re allies with Henry Czerny in the story and are the opposition to Tom and to the IMF.”
McQuarrie is cagey about describing the character played by Atwell but reveals that he has been wanting to work with the British actress for over a decade.
“She read for us for Jack Reacher,” says the filmmaker, who also directed that Cruise-starring action-thriller. “She was somebody we were interested in for Rogue Nation. It took us a while to find just the right character, just the right opportunity, for Hayley to really play to her strengths.”